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🏓 Leadership Anti-Patterns, Cargo Cults, Feedback, Bottleneck Teams, Deadlines, Razors, Imposters: TMW #383

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Reads of the Week

Unexpected Anti-Patterns for Engineering Leaders
Will Larson, a veteran engineering leader and the CTO at Carta, holds three conventional engineering management “anti-patterns” up to the light for a closer look.
You are a CTO, not an expensive Copilot
How I use a silly accounting exercise to help first-time CTOs overcome the dilemma of not being able to code any longer as part of their job.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

The Hagakure #83: Don’t Copy/Paste From Other Companies
Back in late 2015, my boss, colleagues and I decided a re-org was a good idea. Too many dependencies across the different functional teams. The pace of development was grinding to a halt. A good headache to have as this was a result from the enormous business and team growth we were experiencing.
Debugging Management
A recurring theme I’ve seen lately is executives being unhappy with the performance of their management teams. Unsurprisingly, with most startups slamming the brakes on hypergrowth, leaders have no…
Management Theater - Yaniv Preiss
Management theater is holding us back from higher performance
How To Give Feedback at Work? Getting the Basics Right
We have overcomplicated the issue

Culture, People & Teams

Writing Useful Performance Reviews: Making A Raise Recommendation
Ahoj Světe! (“Hello World!” in Czech) Hello again, everyone! It is amazing to think that we are already at 11 newsletters. Thank you for your continued support of this newsletter, the podcast, and the book! If you haven’t had a chance to learn more about the book,
Most Engineering Hiring Processes Are Broken
Explore effective strategies for streamlining the hiring process in the tech industry. Learn how simplifying the evaluation process and reducing feedback loops can help you attract top-tier talent faster and more efficiently.
The Four Stages of Psychological Safety | Management 3.0
Explore the four stages of psychological safety in teams for fostering trust, collaboration, and innovation.
Jade Rubick - Managing a bottleneck team
Feel like your team is the bottleneck? Learn how to address the challenges of managing a bottleneck team.

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Deadlines are not so bad, I’ll tell you why
Simplifying the solutions and adjusting the scope is the way to go!
Success pattern: Aligning CapEx and OpEx to Agile models | Agile Alliance
Aligning CapEx and OpEx funding with Agile principles enables companies to enhance flexibility, innovation, and efficiency, ultimately driving sustainable growth and competitive advantage.
Stripe’s monorepo developer environment - Made of Bugs

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

11 Philosophical Razors to Simplify Your Life
A collection of eleven philosophical razors; principles that can simplify your life by getting rid of useless or unlikely explanations.
Overwhelmed at Work? How to Express Your Stress and Get the Help You Need
Strategies to help you speak up and get the support you need when you’re feeling overwhelmed at work. Powerful phrases to get some help.
The Price of Perfection: Why Imposters Fail - Leadership Freak
Imposters are consumed by what others think of them. The weight of keeping up appearances is constant stress. When you pretend you have it all together you end up falling apart. How to help imposters find authenticity…
Why Hiring for Cultural Fit is the New Ageism in Disguise
Understanding the benign guise

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