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Looking Back on Planning Ahead: 2012-Lee Edition

I was clearing out some boxes this weekend, basically tossing papers and things from my previous career, and I came across a neat little blast from the past. In 2012, a few months after becoming the manager of the Product

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Posted in Careers, Everything, Leadership, Management

Contributing to Company Values

A friend/former colleague of mine is starting a company, and from the outset he wants to codify values by which the organization will be run. After drafting a proposed set of values and principles, he reached out to a few

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Posted in Everything, Leadership, Management

What’s in a name? A curiously long post about naming things.

I cannot stress this point enough: everything needs a name! And everything will get a name, whether consciously (i.e., thought went into it) or not (i.e., whatever term happened to pop into someone’s head when he entered it into a

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Posted in Everything, Leadership, Marketing

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Our VP of Product Management said something to the effect of, “This is a great idea, Lee!”…and he couldn’t have been more supportive in his tone. In September (or October) of 2010, at one of our quarterly marketing offsite meetings,

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Posted in Leadership, Marketing

Book Report: The Only Rule Is It Has To Work

“This was the ugly part of the stats-vs.-tradition debate in baseball: Rather than a conversation about the best way to make baseball decisions, it had become an argument, in which it increasingly felt as if the purpose was to score

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Posted in Books, Everything, Leadership, Management, Math and Science, Sports

Book Report: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

“Nobody cares. And they are right not to care. A great reason for failing won’t preserve one dollar for your investors, won’t save one employee’s job, or get you one new customer. It especially won’t make you feel one bit

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Posted in Books, Everything, Leadership, Management

Book Report: Superforecasting

“In so many other high-stakes endeavors, forecasters are groping in the dark. They have no idea how good their forecasts could become. At best, they have vague hunches. More often than not, forecasts are made and then . . .

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Posted in Books, Everything, Leadership, Math and Science

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