My Notes: I was introduced to a new term the other week: “blast radius”. It made me think about how much we use violent metaphors (“crushing it”, “wartime CEO”), why they work and what else they imply.
Fascinating discussion about the difference in communication styles between technical and manager type people. This is non-theoretical, from people who are living it daily. Great stuff.
“If I go to a PM or manager with questions on a feature I’m supposed to develop I sure hope they have a strong opinion about what I’m supposed to be building! Opinionated is orthogonal to being persuasive though”
“At first, when people disagree with us we assume they are ignorant … that they lack information. So we try to convince them with information. If we show them that information and they still don’t change their mind we just think they’re idiots”
More on the difference between persuading (emotional) vs persuading (rational). Short, helpful.
Some musing on why teams need “thought diversity” - because otherwise they don’t change and evolve. Too much homogeneity and the team stagnates. Relates to a post from last issue on why teams don’t work. Who breaks the rules on your team? Nobody? Might want to give it a little thought.
Huh. Turns out we use a specific type of language when we’ve managed to convince ourselves that we should do something we know we shouldn’t. This piece breaks down how common it is to not do the right thing, and what we sound like when we’ve gone there.