Stability is important for effective execution so providing stable environments is an admirable goal for leadership. But that only holds as long as the stability is genuine and not manufactured. In periods of heightened risk and uncertainty I find it much more effective to be earnest about the situation with the team and help them be robust to the changes.
Instead of protecting your teams from failure, prepare them for it.
My favorite links this week:
- In coworking, the market is diversifying, not consolidating. How commercial real estate has misunderstood coworking.
- Interesting post on the constancy of the rate of GDP growth
- Why don’t more cs professors use the results of cs education research?
- Tim Bray, now at Amazon, is working on a universal language of software states
- Amazon announced their own custom designed server processors
- Skin in the game
- Climate Solutions: Is It Feasible to Remove Enough CO2 from the Air?
- Laws and Sausages: How to punish a president who abuses the pardon power
- Unfortunately your personal data is already stolen
- David Attenborough weighs in on the near-term consequences of climate change
- I followed the Minerva project with great interest during my time at Bloc. They’ve now got 600 undergrads and apparently they have a world-class curriculum.
- I agree completely: One of the most toxic, widely-accepted beliefs in business is that there is a tension between speed and quality.
Have a great day!
If we are to avoid coming to grief on the road to a New Cretaceous, this awareness needs to extend way beyond the geologists and biologists who have taught us where we came from and where, unless we change, we are headed.