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Managing people.

“I believe almost all first-time founders burn out their first employees as they learn how to manage groups of people. If this advice helps avoid a few cases, it’s worth writing it down. I wrote this article for managers of […]

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The three-or-four-hours rule for getting creative work done.

“There aren’t many hard-and-fast rules of time management that apply to everyone, always, regardless of situation or personality… But I think there might be one: you almost certainly can’t consistently do the kind of work that demands serious mental focus […]

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Why do we undervalue competent management?

I literally love this. “Business schools teach MBA students that you can’t compete on the basis of management processes because they’re easily copied. Operational effectiveness is table stakes in the competitive universe, according to the strategists. But data from a […]

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You’ll figure it out

On management: “A formative idea for a younger me: give the people who work for you a chance to resolve complex issues on their own.” | learn more

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Masatoshi Kumagai

“Masatoshi Kumagai was a high school dropout whose conglomerate now dominates cloud computing in Japan—and he has an unusual approach to management.” | learn more

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Hammurabi’s Code and risk management. 

Shane Parrish writes about how the ancient code created aligned incentives between builders of buildings and their residents, which increased the odds of structures that didn’t collapse once the builder had moved on. | learn more

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The art of delegating. 

Do you manage a team? Management is one of the hardest skills to learn because it’s like nothing else, and it’s rarely taught in any way that’s actionable. Delegation is one of the keys to successful management, and this article […]