Create a User Manual for You — Basically, the user manual is a “how to work with me” guide: It outlines what you like, what you don’t like, how you work best. It was something these CEOs would give their team members when they joined the company in order to shorten the learning curve of working with them. It’s a “cheat sheet” of sorts, giving employees a way to quickly and efficiently learn about executives, which in turn allows them to work together more effectively. What a brilliant idea — it makes you kick yourself and wonder, “Why didn’t I think of doing that?” A very experienced colleague joined my team and her first questions were about how I preferred to work and receive information. This is damned sensible and useful (and rarely done) stuff. (via Brad Feld)
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari, Review (The Guardian) — Twentieth-century political dystopias sought to stamp on individuals with the power of the state. That won’t be necessary in the coming century. As Harari says: “The individual will not be crushed by Big Brother; it will disintegrate from within.” I loved “Sapiens”, can’t wait for “Homo Deus”.
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