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Book Report: Mindware

“Society pays dearly for all the experiments it could have conducted but didn’t. Hundreds of thousands of people have died, millions of crimes have been committed, and billions of dollars have been wasted because people have bulled ahead on their

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Posted in Books, Everything, Leadership, Math and Science

Book Report: Escape Velocity

“What if there is some hidden force that is working against your best efforts? What if this force is operating inside your own company, with the full support of your executive team, your board of directors, your investors, and indeed

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Posted in Books, Everything, Leadership, Management

Book Report: A Higher Loyalty

“In that moment, something hit me: It’s just us. I always thought that in this place there would be somebody better, but it’s just this group of people – including me – trying to figure stuff out. I didn’t mean

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Posted in Books, Leadership

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

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