“managers within Monster suggested that the job board site was itself under threat by the next generation of job-finding tools. So-called job aggregator sites such as Indeed, SimplyHired, and Jobster allow the viewing of available jobs across a variety of job boards, and also list their own jobs. While none — alone — is as popular as Monster, together the aggregators get more traffic. Indeed.com is growing faster in unique visitors than Monster. Monster made the same mistake as the Globe: they believed their business model was inviolate. They didn’t anticipate, and didn’t recognize, that the fish were swimming in a new direction. This illustrates not that either company’s managers were stupid, but that it’s very difficult to act on threats to the existing business model.”—Will Monster.com Go the Way of Newspapers? - Tom Davenport - HarvardBusiness.org (via fred-wilson)
“PB made a point in a talk once that I now mention to every startup we fund: that it’s better, initially, to make a small number of users really love you than a large number kind of like you.”—Five Founders (Paul Graham quoting Paul Buchheit) (via superamit)
“Third, discover where your intellectual arrogance is causing disabling ignorance and overcome it. Far too many people — especially people with great expertise in one area — are contemptuous of knowledge in other areas or believe that being bright is a substitute for knowledge. First-rate engineers, for instance, tend to take pride in not knowing anything about people. Human beings, they believe, are much too disorderly for the good engineering mind. Human resources professionals, by contrast, often pride themselves on their ignorance of elementary accounting or of quantitative methods altogether. But taking pride in such ignorance is self-defeating. Go to work on acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to fully realize your strengths.”—Peter F. Drucker (via jakelodwick)
1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion. 2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done. 3. There is no editing stage. 4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it. 5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it. 6.The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done. 7. Once you’re done you can throw it away. 8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done. 9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right. 10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes. 11. Destruction is a variant of done. 12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done. 13. Done is the engine of more.
Every now and again, when pressed to talk about Twitter and why it’s not as tarded as you’ve been told, I’ll puff up my chest and say the following as though I’ve just now thought of it: I don’t mind if you tweet that you’re eating a sandwich as long as you say how it tastes.
In this week’s Sports Illustrated, there is an article about Bobby Orr. For those who don’t know who Orr is, he is currently one of the top hockey player agents in North America. More importantly, for those who don’t know who Orr was, he was, arguably, the greatest hockey player ever. He was certainly the greatest hockey player of his time (the 1970s).
As with most sports, one person does not a winning team make. In hockey, there are five men on the ice at any given time and lines (the group of players on the ice at one time) change frequently. Success can only come from a true team effort.
In hockey and life in general, there are leaders and there are followers. Those with talent, especially off the charts talent, can choose to accept their role as a leader – because the most talented are always looked upon to lead by their peers – or they can remain an individual contributor. In the former case, a great individual can raise the bar for others, challenge them and teach them how to be better, making a larger group of people fundamentally better. In the latter case, a star player rides alone, doing great things, but limited by the constraints of being an island.
Orr was a natural leader who took the lead and made his team better. Hard on himself and hard on others. He quickly gave credit to his teammates and knew that his team would win as a unit or lose as one. In the article, there is a quote about Orr’s leadership that says it all. Ken Dryden, a goalie for the Montreal Canadians, who played against Orr says:
“He brought others with him; he wanted them involved. That’s what made him so different: It felt like a five-player stampede moving toward you - and at his pace. He pushed his teammates, [because] you’re playing with the best player in the league and he’s giving you the puck and you just can’t mess it up. You had to be better than you’d ever been.”
Talented individuals in any type of organization have tremendous leadership potential. When they use their talents to make their entire team better, the results can be outstanding. The team is comprised of one tremendously talented individual and many people performing at or above the limits of their capabilities, trying to rise to the level of their leader. When a supremely talented individual chooses to work alone, he/she leaves the team behind, missing the opportunity to leverage their ability across a larger group. Certainly not a tragedy, but definitely a waste.
If you manage such talented people, it’s your job to teach them the benefits that both they and the entire group get from their accepting the leadership call and the advantages that come from their giving others the puck.
“The resume is quickly becoming an antiquated medium for your professional record. These black-and-white pages of reverse chronological work history have zero depth and convey nothing of your true character or achievements. They are static and rigid with ludicrous corporate speak that we, as journalists and consumers, have come to despise from companies and brands but still continue to use in selling ourselves. The resume is like a press release in this way. It takes a shallow, one-dimensional form and is unoriginal by design. It’s the lowest common denominator, and yet we all need to have one. That’s the unfortunate reality. The good news is that you can do much more to set yourself apart by starting your own professional blog. This is Resume 2.0.”—Max Gladwell, Out of Work? Need a Job? Start a Blog. This is Resume 2.0
“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”—Steve Jobs (via superamit)
“There was no succession plan for John Lennon. When a rock star dies, that’s it. The mercenaries at the label rush out product, in the case of Tupac, for years, but creativity stops. They don’t find a new person to fill the role. It’s history. Apple is bigger than Steve Jobs. But Steve Jobs is bigger than Kanye. Bigger than Madonna. Bigger than any act being purveyed by the music industry.”—Lefsetz Letter (via fred-wilson)
If you don’t have a goal (a corporate goal, a market share goal, a personal career goal, an athletic goal…) then you can just do your best. You can take what comes. You can reprioritize on a regular basis. If you don’t have a goal, you never have to worry about missing it. If you don’t have a goal you don’t need nearly as many excuses, either.
Not having a goal lets you make a ruckus, or have more fun, or spend time doing what matters right now, which is, after all, the moment in which you are living.
The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun, in the short run.
It seems to me, though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.
“Having goals is a pain in the neck. If you don’t have a goal (a corporate goal, a market share goal, a personal career goal, an athletic goal…) then you can just do your best. You can take what comes. You can reprioritize on a regular basis. If you don’t have a goal, you never have to worry about missing it. If you don’t have a goal you don’t need nearly as many excuses, either. Not having a goal lets you make a ruckus, or have more fun, or spend time doing what matters right now, which is, after all, the moment in which you are living. The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun, in the short run. It seems to me, though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.”—Seth Godin
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Apple Macintosh, but Steve Jobs’ eyes are dry. At the company headquarters in Silicon Valley, where he was presenting a set of new laptops to the press last October, I mentioned the birthday to him. Jobs recoiled at any suggestion of nostalgia. “I don’t think about that,” he said. “When I got back here in 1997, I was looking for more room, and I found an archive of old Macs and other stuff. I said, ‘Get it away!’ and I shipped all that shit off to Stanford. If you look backward in this business, you’ll be crushed. You have to look forward.”
I think this attitude is one of the keys to Jobs’s long-term success.