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

Hello readers,

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!

Otherwise known as the mantras of growth and self-compassion.

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Julie Zhuo @joulee

October 1st 2021

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Which, confusingly, is different from strawman arguments.

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September 21st 2021

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As in a video game, every eventual CEO must travel and master all of these levels.

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Julie Zhuo @joulee

September 15th 2021

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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.)

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September 9th 2021

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Have a marvelous October!

~Julie

Currently: Inspirit. Former Product Design VP @ FB. Author of The Making of a Manager https://amzn.to/2PRwCyW. Find me @joulee. I love people, words, and food.

Currently: Inspirit. Former Product Design VP @ FB. Author of The Making of a Manager https://amzn.to/2PRwCyW. Find me @joulee. I love people, words, and food.