The contractor who blows away deadlines. 

This is about “construction guru C.C. Myers.” What a guy! “In 2007, for example, when a stretch of Interstate 80 collapsed in Oakland, a competing firm came in with a bid of $6.4 million. C.C.’s bid? $800,000. As usual, he zipped through the project and finished in a breezy 17 days — compared to the 50 days estimated by the state — earning a $5 million bonus.” learn more

Strategy vs. tactics. 

Farnam Street goes into detail on the difference between the two, and why they both matter. I can’t say you’ll learn anything particularly new from this read, but I did enjoy the prompt to think about the topic. learn more

5 mental models for parenting. 

From the mind of Farnam Street’s Shane Parrish: “No topic provokes more unsolicited advice than parenting. The problem is, no matter how good the advice, it might not work for your child or your particular situation. Here are 5 principle-based models you can apply to any family, any situation, and any child.” learn more

Netflix culture deck. 

I mentioned this deck a few weeks ago when linking to a video by Netflix former Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord. I decided to dig it up and take another run through it. Now that I have, I’m reminded of just how great it is. If you haven’t seen it lately (or at all), now’s a great time! learn more

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