Tuesday Dispatch: Issue #42
The Owl and The Beetle
This week we learn about productivity, the right time for ideas to be successful, and how to win big. As well as how to make great step-by-step guides, and design principles.
Let's get going!
3 Droplets of Leadership
Productivity Advice: Do the Work!
If the only thing you must do is the work, why is there so much productivity advice? Blog posts, courses, seminars, software?
Because when there is demand, there is supply.
Work is hard. People will latch onto anything to avoid doing it.
The market is happy to oblige.
Great article on doing the work. Check it out!
On Being Too Early
Henry Ford banned his workers from documenting new ideas that didn’t work, because he feared it would create a list of things people refused to try again even when new technologies improved their chances of success.
Marc Andreessen explained how this has worked in tech: “All of the ideas that people had in the 1990s were basically all correct. They were just early.”
Read more on this great article!
How to Win Big
If your view of the world is that people use reason for their important decisions, you are setting yourself up for a life of frustration and confusion.
You’ll find yourself continually debating people and never winning except in your own mind.
Few things are as destructive and limiting as a worldview that assumes people are mostly rational.
Check out this great article on FS Blog.
2 Grains of Technology
Better Documentation for Your Workflows
Scribe How allows you to create action flows.
It's great when creating documentation. Check out this example, and forward it to your friends!
An open-source collection of Design Principles and methods. Don't miss it!
1 Atom of Reflection
Being late has nothing to do with the time. It's all about communication.
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