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How To Become An Engineer With People Skills

My mother told me when I was young that people get hired for their technical skills, and fired for their people skills (specifically a lack thereof).  And I’ve seen this play out in the real world repeatedly.  Assessing whether someone … Continue reading

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Relationship-building counts as work

“Relationship-building counts as work.”  That’s a great quote from in the latest article from First Round Capital Review: 23 Tools to Make Feedback Meaningful.  As Phin Barnes writes: A lot of people skimp on the time they spend in one-on-ones … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship: The Coin-Flipping Biathlon

Entrepreneurs are participating in a coin-flipping biathlon – they just don’t know it. I was listening to an old Marc Andreessen presentation at Y Combinator’s Startup School in 2008, and I love that he talked about Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by … Continue reading

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To solve real business problems, know how their kids are doing.

“But we’ve got great free lunch here every day!” Occasionally that’s the response I get when I ask a new colleague to go out for an offsite lunch.  And it’s true, there’s a fabulous, healthy, cooked lunch served daily here … Continue reading

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Be Vulnerable

Shame on me.  I haven’t watched Jack Dorsey present before (live or on video), and I had made certain assumptions about him because of his business success (co-founder of Twitter, founder and CEO of Square) and because he was (in)famous … Continue reading

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Hire people you would be willing to work for

The Y Combinator Startup School 2013 videos are online! I started with Paul Graham’s interview with Zuckerberg.  There’s not a ton of new info in that video IMHO, but there are a couple of gems, such as: “One of the … Continue reading

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Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact

Is there an alternative balanced between between permanent employment and contract employment?  Reid Hoffman (CEO of LinkedIn) proposes the tour of duty in this month’s Harvard Business Review: “firm but time-limited mutual commitment with focused goals and clear expectations.” When possible, … Continue reading

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