The Looking Glass: If someone’s gonna do it, why not you?
What I wish the little voice in my head would say, and other threads
It’s decorative gourd season, mf-ers! Also the start of Q4 which for many teams means the start of holiday seasonality or planning for next year. I hope you find plenty of optimism among the chaos!
When I look back at my posts the last month, a similar theme comes through loud and clear: the practical ways to remind oneself that this can be done, even when it feels fuzzy and full of shadows. Enjoy!
What I wish the little voice in my head would say
Otherwise known as the mantras of growth and self-compassion.
7 things I’m trying to train my mind to think when I am totally freaking out.* 1) Imagine looking back on this in N days/weeks/months. You’ll have learned so much, and you’ll have some great stories to tell! (In the grand scheme of things, time passing fixes everything!)
Why I am obsessed with strawman proposals
Which, confusingly, is different from strawman arguments.
Got a big, meaty problem that seems overwhelming and that everyone on the team has a different opinion about? The absolute best tactic I know to make progress: set the timer for 2 hours, create your best strawman proposal, and share it with the team. Why? Thread 👇
The Ladder of Ownership
As in a video game, every eventual CEO must travel and master all of these levels.
What is Meant by a “Data-Informed Culture”
As well as its various misconceptions.
(Also, this is a semantic nitpick, but certain things — like a recommendation algorithm — should be “data-driven,” as in, the decisions are wholly made by data.
Team cultures / product decisions should probably *never* be “data-driven.” After all, there’s such a thing as taking smart leaps of faith and acting with good common sense.)
What a data-informed culture is (a thread): 1. Constantly seeking to understand the true drivers of a phenomena 2. Accountability to measurable goals that are good proxies of one’s mission and values 3. Fast iteration and experimentation 1/5