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Has your boss set you up to succeed or fail?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:48:34 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). Yes I know it’s Thursday, but better late than never. Here’s this week’s question: I have a new boss who I don’t trust yet. How can I make sure they’re looking out for me? The term “set up to succeed” means a

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What makes a book a good read?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:41:04 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came via email from Dennis S.: What makes a book a good read? Great question, but there’s no easy answer! Which is true for most great questions. The simplest answer is “are they engaged enough to want to know

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Which is more dangerous: writing badly or reading poorly?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:50:40 +0000

On Tuesdays I generally write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week I turned the tables, and asked my followers on Twitter a simple question: Which is more dangerous: people who write badly, or people who read poorly? Polls like this are mostly just fun for me. Even so, I try

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Star Trek and the ideas we must reject to save our future

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:38:56 +0000

On Tuesdays, I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came from Ms. Unknown: What ideas must we reject to save our future? It’s wonderfully romantic to view the world from the point of view of a checklist of things we can either choose to accept or reject. I

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Contest: Take a photo and win free signed books (+$100)

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:21:22 +0000

Do you like to take photos? Do you own at least one of my books? Then this contest is for you. Take a photo that shows the books of mine you own, share it and you get a chance to win a bundle of all 7 of my books personally signed to you and a $100

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How to master the ways to say NO

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:32:58 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came from Sam K. [via email]: I lead a team in a very political organization. It’s hard to make things stick. I want to focus my team but I struggle with how to defend priorities as my boss and

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Does the attention economy make life harder for creatives?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:35:31 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came from Daniel H. [23 votes]: Does the attention economy lead to creative burnout? (And make life harder?) Trying to make a living doing creative work has always been hard for two reasons: The work is more emotionally challenging

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How can you tell a wise person when you meet one?

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:46:40 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from Mike:  How can you tell a wise person when you meet one? If you can’t judge a book by its cover, how can you judge a person on their first impression? I’ve never liked the cliche about “you never

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The Last Jedi and Suspension of Disbelief

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:56:57 +0000

[There’s no askberkun post today – hope you enjoy this timely essay on films and expectations. There are no spoilers about The Last Jedi, but I’ll allow them in the comments.] We love or hate films based on what we expect of them. It’s easy to blame a movie’s creators, as we are their customers,

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Why Remote Workers Fail

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:49:33 +0000

[On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from Regina [330 votes]: What gaps in communication exist in global virtual teams? Which I have simplified for your reading pleasure to why remote workers fail.] The best argument about the viability of remote work is that it’s about

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Why The Right Change Often Feels Wrong

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:06:44 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came from J.R. [via email]: What is a favorite theory that you wish more people understood? A favorite theory I wish was more well known is the Satir Change Model. It’s popular in some circles, but often when I

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How can you know someone’s true motives?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:03:39 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came from Faisal [22 votes]: Appearances can be deceptive. How can I, as someone who tends to accept things at face value, develop the habit of searching for true motives of others? In a practical sense the answer is

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The Pay-To-Stress Ratio

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:30:04 +0000

On Tuesdays (well, usually) I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from Kate N. [via email]: How can I evaluate the true value of a job offer? I have two job offers: one pays less, but the quality of life (flexible hours, healthy culture) is much better. The other

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Why do people fall into the trap of the narcissist?  

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:02:24 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question came from J. Mill via email [equivalent to 1 special vote]: Why are so many people charmed by narcissistic people? Which I recast as: Why do so many people fall into the trap of the narcissist?   As the son of a

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Why do so many managers have poor people skills?

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:30:42 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from Bobby [with 305 votes] is Why do many managers have poor people skills?  Why do so many companies consistently and with depressing regularity keep promoting people to people manager positions when the clearly lack people skills? They are not

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Why Do We Avoid What is Good For Us?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:52:58 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from TJ with 532 votes] is Why do we avoid what is good for us? Some people don’t eat well, others avoid exercise, and yet others are sufficiently comfortable at work that they don’t have the initiative to take a

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Notes from Seanwes conference 2017

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:36:45 +0000

I spoke at the Seanwes conference in Austin,TX this week about the Dance of the Possible. Here are my notes from the other talks I listened to (I was sick for a good part of the event so missed a few presentations. Too much BBQ? Quite possibly). 2. Kevin Rodgers, Copywriting Three questions to ask:

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Notes from Business of Software Conference 2017

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:45:48 +0000

I speak tomorrow at the Business of Software conference. Here are my notes from the sessions so far. 1. Jason Cohen : Healthy, wealthy and wise “This is not a presentation, a sermon” – a passage from the book of hackernews. “I don’t want to be a founder anymore – there’s a lot to lose from

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Notes from Mind The Product 2017

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:57:42 +0000

I speak later today at Mind The Product, an event about product management and design, in London. Here are my notes from the sessions so far. 1. Martin Erikson Product management is about people. You can only build products people love as a team. Product managers are not the CEO of anything. Regardless of your job

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Notes from PPP 2017 Chicago

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:21:46 +0000

I spoke this morning at Prototypes, Process and Play, in Chicago about The Dance of The possible (slides, sketchnotes). Here are my notes from the sessions so far. 2. Making Moonshots, Mathew Milan Leadership is the reduction of uncertainty in an organization – Paul Pangaro Reference: The Little Grey Book on Leadership, Paul Pangero Question: how

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