Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 04, 2022

Weekly Pulse is a content curation and highlights from readings, books, videos, podcasts, insights, ramblings and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the last week.

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So, let's go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 - You Can Stop Being a Manager Without Sinking Your Career
#2 - Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life
#3 - Which Works Better: Habits or Projects
#4 - Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)
#5 - How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams
#6 - The Golden Circle by Simon Sinek
#7 - Book Notes: Zero to One - Peter Thiel

You Can Stop Being a Manager Without Sinking Your Career

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Nihar Chhaya
Year: 2021
Summary: As the “Great Resignation” has shown, experienced mid-level employees are not only willing to leave their companies in greater numbers than before, but they are revisiting what it means to have a meaningful work life. 

3 Highlights:

"... Before you can confidently explain to anyone why you want to move from leading people to working on your own, it’s critical that you view this as a step forward, not backward, in your career..."

"... Another way to become an individual contributor while retaining your executive rank is by working on enterprise-level initiatives with highly visible strategic missions..."

"... In this period of pandemic-inspired career reevaluation, you might find yourself wishing you didn’t have to manage people but worrying what leaving a leadership role will mean for you professionally..."

Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Stewart D. Friedman
Year: 2009

Summary: Work fills most executives’ lives to the brim, leaving insufficient time for their families, their communities, and themselves. The “Total Leadership” process involves identifying what’s important to you, identifying what’s important to everyone in your life, using those insights to creatively explore possibilities for experiments, and then selecting and implementing a few at a time. 

3 Highlights:

"... Another benefit of the small-wins approach to experiments is that it opens doors that would otherwise be closed..."

"... Being physically present, psychologically present, or both when needed to pay attention to stakeholders who matter most. Sometimes this means saying no to opportunities or obligations..."

"... Peer coaching is enormously valuable, at this stage and throughout, because an outside perspective provides a sounding board for your ideas, challenges you, gives you a fresh way to see the possibilities for innovation, and helps hold you accountable to your commitments..."

Which Works Better: Habits or Projects

Source: Scott Young Site
Author: Scott Young
Year: 2021

Summary: Habit building, the process by which behavior becomes increasingly automatic, has a long history. As tools, habits and projects coexist nicely. Habits are plenty for some goals, but others will need projects. I might set a goal of exercising daily, but if I decide to run a marathon for the first time, it will likely require more than just my daily jog. 

3 Highlights:

"... This blending of habits and projects has been a theme throughout my life. It’s part of the reason I get perplexed when I see the two approaches contrasted..."

"... The project teams appear to be absorbed in a never-ending quest for “the limit..."

"... The philosophy of habit-building takes these observations and relates them to our goals. If effort is the primary barrier to action, and repeated, rewarded actions become more automatic, then building better habits is an essential tool...."

Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)

Source: New York Times
Author: Charlotte Lieberman
Year: 2019

Summary: Procrastination isn’t a unique character flaw or a mysterious curse on your ability to manage time, but a way of coping with challenging emotions and negative moods induced by certain tasks — boredom, anxiety, insecurity, frustration, resentment, self-doubt and beyond.

3 Highlights:

"... We can take what we know about procrastination and “use it to our advantage” by placing obstacles between ourselves and our temptations to induce a certain degree of frustration or anxiety..."

"... If you want to go to the gym before work, but you’re not a morning person, sleep in your exercise clothes. Try to remove every, every, every roadblock..."

"... Researchers found that students who were able to forgive themselves for procrastinating when studying for a first exam ended up procrastinating less when studying for their next exam..."

How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Joan C. Williams and Sky Mihaylo
Year: 2019

Summary: Studies show that well-managed diverse groups perform better and are more committed, have higher collective intelligence, and excel at making decisions and solving problems. But research also shows that bias-prevention programs rarely deliver.

3 Highlights:

"... Whether you’re working with recruiters or doing the hiring yourself, make it clear from the outset that you want true diversity, not just one female or minority candidate..."

"... If your organization is homogeneous, hiring from within or from employees’ social networks will only perpetuate that. So reach out to women and minority groups..."

"... Your job as a manager is not only to get the best performance out of your team but also to encourage the development of each member. That means giving fair performance reviews, equal access to high-potential assignments, and promotions and pay increases to those who have earned them..."

The Golden Circle by Simon Sinek

Source: William Meller - New article by Rafael Calovi

Summary: Simon Sinek maybe have one of the most popular TED talks of all time, when he asks questions like why are some leaders more influential, inspiring and innovative than others? Why do some organizations command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike?

3 Highlights:

"... Well, as a result, the way we think, the way we act, the way we communicate is from the outside in. It’s obvious. We go from the clearest thing to the fuzziest thing...."

"... The neuroscience behind the Golden Circle theory is that humans respond best when messages communicate with those parts of their brain that control emotions, behavior, and decision-making. ..."

"... Here’s how Apple actually communicates. “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?” Totally different right?..."

Book Notes: Zero to One - Peter Thiel

Source: William Meller - Book Notes

In Zero to One, the legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create new things, from zero (nothing) to one (now it exists).

All happy companies are different: each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition.


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