There was a time back in my Spuul days where I got a call from a guy at Google who wanted to help us with our ad stack. We were a small company and usually Google wouldn’t return our calls or spend much time with us. However, Parin somehow come across our site and offered to help. And help us he did.
What started then was a great relationship that has lasted across many of my gigs as I am always bugging Parin for advice. We usually meet for a coffee, a bagel or we go for a walk. I have probably been getting “coached” without realising it and it has become an important method for me to bounce ideas or just admit where I am stuck and ask for help.
But hey – for a while now Parin has also been running a newsletter with weekly coaching questions that prompt a bit of self-reflection. During my peak COVID low points while working at home and just overthinking everything – his weekly emails and prompts have been a nice way to get back on track.
This twitter thread kicked off my Matt, of WordPress, is really good. There is a tendency to slam all old stuff in favour of new stuff but we all know everything inherits from the old. So Web3 is building new stuff but a lot of it is built on Web2. I am still struggling with how centralized a lot of Web3 is. Sure there are ways to go really de-centralized but it is not easy and takes a certain level of expertise that most people don’t have.
Best to read the whole thread – I won’t unroll it in the post as it is very long.
One of the best management books written by one of the best Leaders in tech – Andy Grove.
When I read this though, I wonder at one point did Intel get so far off track? Of course Intel has had to pivot before to survive and it looks like they will have to figure out a way to pivot again.
I realize I am finding it harder and harder to learn new things and have to carefully pick what I want to spend time studying. I do my best to keep up with tech trends, companies and protocols but I find playing around with code to suck up a lot of time. However I keep trying. What I do like is continually studying leadership since I feel like I can put it work quickly and it will impact many people.
So far this is feeling like one of the books that will add to my repertoire.
Trying to read as much as I can over the break but I am always reminded of the difference in a good book versus an okay book. What happens to me is a good book I can’t stop reading and will keep going back to it day after day till I finish it. A mediocre book, I will try to get through few chapters, skip around a bit and then never finish it. I have a bunch of this books in a bag that I will drop off at the GoodWill store this week.
With Amp It Up. I could not put it down and powered through over a few days. It was great, took a lot of notes and have suggested it personally to others to read.
I won’t reveal spoilers or give you the highlights but here is some the points:
It’s not a long read – which is good
Frank lays out the points he is going to cover in the beginning and nails all of them
Lots of real-world examples
Lots of actionable things I can apply to business tactics or leaderships ideas
Most books are too long, talk too much around ideas and are not concise.