Sometimes it’s hard to know where the line is. The line where trying be positive crosses over to toxicity. I do think we’ve reached a point where it’s crossed more often than not.

April 3, 2022

This is the kind of stuff that gets me excited about tech! Reading braille with your phone camera? Amazing.

Too often all people focus on is the potential money to be made from a new app or service. What’s the potential market size? The profit margin? How fast can we grow? This was built simply because someone saw a need, thought it could be done, and did it.

April 1, 2022

This drone shot is stunning! Found via Kottke.org.

blossoms

March 30, 2022

Pomodoro

Timer I like systems to keep me on task. Journals, lists, charts, notes, all of it. I was a kid constantly getting into trouble for doodling in class. It helped me to focus. Without it, I would fall asleep listening to the teacher’s lecture. The one time management system that I’ve stuck with is the Pomodoro technique. Pomodoro is Italian for tomato. It was conceived by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s to help him focus on his studies. It’s the simplicity of the technique that speaks to me.

  1. Get a timer.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes and focus on a single task until the timer is complete.
  3. Take a 5-minute break.
  4. After four Pomodoros, take a longer break. Usually about 15-30 minutes.

That’s it!

Francesco used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer. I use an app called Forest”. It kind of gamifies the technique which also seems to work for me.

March 30, 2022

Context

I want to hang this tweet on my office wall. If you’re leading other leaders, don’t make assumptions. If you’re missing some context or the why” behind a decision, just ask.

Maybe, just maybe, what you’re asking that Manager to do isn’t in the best interest of their team and you can’t see it.

March 28, 2022

Sometimes interesting things get retweeted by people I follow that I otherwise would never had seen. I loved this question about going the extra mile in trying to get noticed when applying for roles. Like raising children, there’s no shortage of opinions when it comes to hiring and recruiting practices.

Hiring

I’d recommend checking out the thread for the responses. This one in particular stood out to me.

Hiring

I think we often discount the effort put forth by candidates if the message isn’t crafted in the exact way that we would like. Some of the best people I’ve hired might have had less experience but showed determination and a willingness to learn.

March 23, 2022