Wonderful. Introduces the notion of “Decency Debt”: the accumulating effect of all the small acts of impoliteness, aggression and rudeness on a company culture.
“…there’s another kind of debt that seems to follow these meteoric leaders around, like a shadow. The failure to be basically decent, and to build an organization that values decency, builds up. Like technical debt, it comes more from ignorance and expediency than malice…”
Makes the case (which I agree with) that “work-life balance” is a tricky and misleading concept: you make the most progress, learn the most, experience the most when things are not in balance. “Work-life harmony” or “integration” might be a better term. (It’s written, I think, for recent grads, but that doesn’t make it any less relevant).
Encouragement to look carefully at your unconscious “carrots and sticks” and make more deliberate choices. Our brains overestimate costs (going for a run will suck) and underestimate benefits (I’ll feel way better). Worth bearing in mind.
I’ve been wondering when the “last 5% is the hardest” rule would start to bite driverless cars. Here it is: apparently we’re now “five to ten years away”, which is industry code for “we have no idea when this is really going to work”. Only one opinion, but it feels right.
“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others” Marcus Aurelius
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