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Tuesday Dispatch: Issue #81
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This week we learn about giving away your Legos, avoiding asking why, and extreme ownership. As well as open-source career frameworks and kids in the 1960s.
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3 Droplets of Leadership
Give Away your Legos
To climb the ladder of success and become a leader in your organization, it's essential to learn the art of delegation. As per Graham, if you want to be a part of the league of successful people who started from scratch and made it big, you need to become proficient in giving away your Legos.
Holding onto every task and micromanaging everything will hinder your growth and limit your potential. So, start by delegating tasks like customer support queries or blog writing to others and focus on the bigger picture of running the department. This way, you'll be able to develop your leadership skills and take your career to new heights.
Check out this great article on the commandments for scaling startups.
I recently published an essay with tips on delegation tactics. Check out that too!
Avoid Asking Why and What Good Leaders Say Instead
When we face trouble and ask our team for clarification, we strive to foster an environment where we temporarily accept that our team is correct, no matter how unlikely it may seem.
Initially, our goal is to learn as much as possible from the team to comprehend what they can observe that we cannot and what they know that we do not.
Check out this article on Forbes.
Speaking of clarity, it’s paramount to establish clear expectations with your team. You might be interested in my recent essay on the matter:
In this fascinating discussion, Jocko Willink draws from his own experiences to illustrate how war, despite being an infernal experience, serves as an invaluable teacher of brotherhood, honor, humility, and leadership.
He emphasizes that when a team takes ownership of its issues, they can be resolved.
Don't miss it!
2 Grains of Technology
Open Source Career Frameworks
Progression.fyi is a collection of public and open-source career frameworks and templates. Don't miss it!
Kids in 1960, imagining the year 2000
In 1960, the pupils from Marlborough College, Roedean, and Chippenham schools made predictions about what life will be like for them in the year 2000.
They expressed various concerns, such as nuclear armageddon, overpopulation, automation, battery farming, and mass unemployment. It's fair to say that most of them don't have a particularly positive outlook on the future.
1 Atom of Reflection
It's common to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others and feeling inadequate. However, we must remember that we only see their public play while comparing it to our behind-the-scenes work. It's easy to get distracted by other people's play's shiny and successful appearance, but this comparison is unfair. We need to focus on our work and not let the perceived success of others discourage us.