Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 12, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 12, 2023
Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the week.

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

#1 - What’s Really So Wrong About Secretly Working Two Full-Time Jobs at Once?
#2 - How the Seasons Change Our Sleep
#3 - What Makes an Effective Executive
#4 - What Is xP (Extreme Programming)
#5 - Book Notes: Principles - Ray Dalio

What’s Really So Wrong About Secretly Working Two Full-Time Jobs at Once?

Source: Slate
Author: Alisson Green
Year: 2023

Summary: People are increasingly working two or more full-time jobs without their employers' knowledge, but this can be difficult to manage and can lead to poor performance. Good managers should be paying attention and addressing any issues, and employers should consider what is driving their employees to seek multiple jobs.

3 Highlights:

"... Remote work has made lots of new things possible for those allowed to do it: We can do laundry while we work, excise commuting from our lives, and not worry about infecting colleagues when we have a cold. But it’s made something else possible too: a surge in people who are secretly working two or more full-time jobs without their employers’ knowledge...."

"... If you don’t have to show up at an office every day, the thinking seems to go, what’s to stop you from accepting multiple remote jobs and trying to do them all at once, while you collect multiple salaries? One obvious answer to that question is the workload involved...."

"... If someone is routinely distracted in meetings, unavailable when needed, or generally not performing at a high enough level, those are all things a manager should address, regardless of what’s causing it..."

How the Seasons Change Our Sleep

Source: BBC
Author: Isabelle Gerretsen 
Year: 2023

Summary: Research suggests humans may need more sleep during winter and experience seasonal variations in REM and deep sleep due to our evolutionary past. Experts recommend getting natural light in the morning, avoiding bright lights and phone screens before bed, and adjusting sleep schedules for increased winter sleep needs.

3 Highlights:

"... Exactly why our sleep changes with the seasons could be hidden in our evolutionary past, says Stanley. "We have evolved to dark-light cycles, so when we wake up on a winter's morning, and it's dark, our brain is going 'I can't do anything…there's no point leaping out of bed'...."

"... We found specific changes in REM sleep and deep sleep over the year – Dieter Kunz..."

"... Get as much natural light as you can in the morning hours, so that your circadian system at least knows that the day has started," says Kunz. "It's important that before they go to school, kids spend at least 10-15 minutes outside, [seeing] the sky," he adds..."

What Makes an Effective Executive

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Peter F. Drucker
Year: 2004

Summary: Great managers may be charismatic or dull, generous or tightfisted, visionary or numbers oriented. But every effective executive follows eight simple practices. Effective executives know that they have authority only because they have the trust of the organization. This means they must think of the needs and opportunities of the organization before they think of their own needs and opportunities.

3 Highlights:

"... What made them all effective is that they followed the same eight practices: They asked, “What needs to be done?” They asked, “What is right for the enterprise?” They developed action plans. They took responsibility for their decisions. They took responsibility for communicating. They were focused on opportunities rather than problems. They ran productive meetings. They thought and said “we” rather than “I.”..."

"... We’ve just reviewed eight practices of effective executives. I’m going to throw in one final, bonus practice. This one’s so important that I’ll elevate it to the level of a rule: Listen first, speak last..."

"... Effective executives differ widely in their personalities, strengths, weaknesses, values, and beliefs. All they have in common is that they get the right things done. Some are born effective. But the demand is much too great to be satisfied by extraordinary talent. Effectiveness is a discipline. And, like every discipline, effectiveness can be learned and must be earned..."

The Crystal Agile Methodology

Source: Article of the Week

Do you want to improve your software development process and deliver high-quality code that meets the changing needs of your customers? 

If so, Extreme Programming (xP) might be the solution you're looking for. 

Created by Kent Beck in the late 1990s, xP is an agile methodology built on four core values: communication, simplicity, feedback, and courage. 

By using 12 practices such as pair programming and test-driven development, xP teams aim to deliver software faster and more collaboratively.

Book Notes: Principles - Ray Dalio

Source: Book Notes of the Week

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be successful in life and business? If so, you might be interested in learning about the book "Principles" by Ray Dalio. 

Dalio is a billionaire investor and founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest and most successful hedge funds in the world. 

In "Principles," he shares the guiding principles that have helped him achieve his success and offers practical advice for applying those principles to his own life and career. 

Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned business leader, or simply someone looking to improve your personal and professional relationships, "Principles" is a must-read.

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