Double loop learning. 

Farnam Street once again teaches us how to learn. I don’t like the name of this, but I do like the concept. “Double loop learning is about data-backed experimentation, not aimless tinkering. If a new idea doesn’t work, it’s time to try something else.” learn more

Smarter, not harder: how to succeed at work. 

“As I looked around, I noticed that the most successful people I know have one thing in common: they are masters at eliminating the unnecessary from their lives. The French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry hit on the same idea, writing in his memoir, ‘Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.’” learn more

The heartbeat of a business. 

Fred Wilson had a short and sweet blog post this week about what he calls “the heartbeat”. This is the regular pace at which a company operates. I have called this a cadence in the past, but I like the term heartbeat so may steal it in the future. learn more

Rethinking how we manage people. 

Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, helped build their strong culture of success. A few years ago, I saw a deck that outlined how they think about roles/employment and it blew my mind. Patty breaks down her BS-free views in this video, which I’m a big fan of. learn more

How to slow down time. 

This author calls BS on the narrative that time speeds up as we age because each year is incrementally a smaller share of our lives. He makes a compelling argument about what really speeds up time and how to address it. learn more

The best of resignation letters. 

Sam Hinkie was the GM of the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) until he resigned in 2016. On his way out, he wrote a 13-page letter. It’s rare for someone to impart this much wisdom on their way out of an organization. (I’m not a huge b-ball fan, and enjoyed this anyway, so don’t let that scare you). learn more

Why winners keep winning. 

Of Dollars and Data, in its classic analytical style,  takes on the subject of cumulative advantage. This is intuitively understood, but the data is eye-opening anyway. “In all the lives you could be living, in all of the worlds you could simulate, how much did luck play a role in this one?” learn more

Keep the degree of difficulty down. 

Fred Wilson, a top VC, has some great advice: “In many sports, like diving, gymnastics, skating, etc, the way to win is to perfectly execute a high degree of difficulty move. In startups, I advise founders to avoid that way of thinking and try to execute a simple dive and hit the water perfectly.” learn more

Stay on script. 

Nick Maggiulli from Of Dollars and Data reminds us about the importance of sticking to investment plans. That means avoid chasing the newest “hot” investment! learn more

Saying ‘no’ to the non-essential. 

“People who say yes to everything have a lot of speed. They’re always doing stuff but never getting anything done. Why? Because they don’t think in terms of velocity. Understanding the difference between speed and velocity will change how you work.” |learn more