Star Wars VIII has a name: The Last Jedi.
As is custom, we will now endlessly and thoroughly analyze a single image for as much signal as possible. My first thought: the typeface color is red. My second thought: in my head, each of the original trilogy movies is associated with a color.
- A New Hope: Blue (like Luke’s sword)
- Empire Strikes Back: Red (where Luke and Vader fight)
- Return of the Jedi: Green (like… Endor?)
Update: As Dan McClain points out on Twitter, the color matches the lightsaber of Luke, Vader, then Luke again.
I’ve started a podcast. Each episode, I find a smart person somewhere on the planet, and we talk about The Important Thing. I suspect we’re going to wander a bit, but wandering is usually the best part. I’m just delighted to kick off the first episode1 with Tiff Arment where The Important Thing is pens2.… More
At this moment, at the beginning of the year, I have eight active big rock projects. The following attributes define these projects: I am the primary owner and have committed to someone that they will be done at a specific time. I am the correct owner of this project. There is no obvious better owner.… More
- Too busy all the time
- S/he starts contradicting herself day to day.
- There is all talk and no action.
- She doesn’t have the time to check in and ask how to help; or she has too much time and keeps changing the story of what’s important.
- The asking is replaced with telling.
- They end the conversation with acknowledging open issues.
- I am afraid of bringing him news because I know he will not like it.
- They don’t follow-up on action items we identified (team, 1:1, or hallway meeting).
- They stop asking questions.
- Her messages and manner become inconsistent.
- They stop coming out of their office.
- Staff members start getting thrown under the bus.
- His calendar is full of weekly project meetings with no time blocked for 1:1s or other work.
- They have a new opinion after every meeting they attend.
- Every new thing becomes the highest priority.
- Communication becomes limited to terse tactical directives.
- He asks me questions that indicate he doesn’t know what I do.
- Becomes insecure and creates conspiracies.
- They don’t ask about what team members are trying to learn/get better at.
(Sourced via the fine humans on Twitter.)
As a metaphor for a situation that is out of control or poorly handled, dumpster fire came into prominence in 2016, very frequently in the context of the U.S. presidential campaign. It evokes an image of an uncontrolled blaze in a dumpster, a large trash receptacle that originated as a proprietary name. Dumpster was in commercial use beginning in the 1930s before becoming genericized.
Isn’t that two words?
(Via The American Dialect Society.)
- Order pizza.
- Give feedback.
- Take out the recycle/trash. Not a metaphor.
- Need to find additional things to delegate.
- Try to support their direct reports to eventually become better than them.
- Consider constructive feedback regardless of who delivers it.
- Do what they say.
- Have regular, un-cancelable 1:1s.
- Protect their team, push for greatness, and prepare for the future.
- Get their hands dirty when called for.
- Focus on helping their team to be wildly successful.
- Put people first.
- Give a shit.
- Relentlessly hustle for their team.
- Tell the truth.
- Feel deeply and profoundly awful for disappointing someone on their team.
- Make mistakes and learn from them.
- Remove fear.
- Be the bullshit umbrella and not the bullshit funnel.
- Remember (and maybe learn from) the time when they weren’t a manager.
- Work harder than their employees.
- Provide consistent and predictable structure.
- Back up their team when they say “no” to something.
- Not be a prick.
- Model the culture and spirit they want to develop in their workplace.
- Translate corporate bullshit into normal-speak.
- Empower their staff members.
- Move things out of their way, including yourself.
- Regularly feel self-doubt.
- Be an advocate.
- Be an ally.
- Amplify the good in people.
- Fight the grapevine confusion.
- Be the first to metamorph to the chrysalis phase.
- Define reality and say thank you.
(Sourced via the fine humans on Twitter.)
Flew back through amazing clouds in New Zealand. The Dancing House in Prague has advertising at its base. In a battle between El Capitan and Half Dome, the latter only wins on curves. Most good photos contain fractals. Some are just different angles of familiar things. Manhattan always wins on buildings. The iPhone camera can amaze you. Why Half Dome wins. Why home always wins.