My Notes on why tribes form (instantly!) in companies and how instinctive tribal behavior gets in the way of cross-team collaboration. Why is it hard for Product and Engineering to get along? Sales and Marketing? Take a look.
I’m not a fan of “looking weak” vs “looking strong” as a way of thinking about communication. I am a fan of getting your points of view across effectively, and “verbal qualifiers” get in the way of doing that. This is a good list of such qualifiers (“sort of…”, “well probably…”). Check it out and see which ones you may be using to dilute the effectiveness of your speech.
Three phrases that push a conversation away from dealing with the hard stuff. When these show up, something’s being swept under the carpet (at the risk of mixing metaphors - hard to get an elephant under a carpet). My personal favorite: “we’re all adults…”.
Another good reminder that, particularly in tech, the ground is shifting under our feet all the time, and the practices you have put in place to be efficient in your current business will probably be barriers to dealing with the next big transition.
“Many of the great sorrows of the world arise when the mind is disconnected from the heart” — Jack Kornfield
“… the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day]” ― Anne Lamott
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