This game that you can only play once a day💎 Issue #79
Plus: great leadership starting points and another incredible tiny internet business.
Happy New Year!🥳
What’s up? 👨💻
I hope you had a fun and safe holiday season.
Are you reading newsletters yet? Take your time. I would like to think this one will be the perfect warm up, since it even includes a tiny game for when you’re tired of all the reading.
And now, the best things I found on the Internet these past weeks.
New to me 💡
🚀 It’s not the first time I share in the newsletter the Ben Stokes adventures with crazy tiny products. This time, something we’ve always wondered: how can you write something on paper and have it posted on a website.
👨💻 “Fueled by the excitement of my paper travel blog, I decided to start a service that would let anyone build their own paper website. Over a few weeks I fleshed out my prototype. I built an app for easily taking paper pictures, and created a payment system using Stripe for subscriptions.”
My Leadership Document | 12 min read
🧶 An example of how can articulate your leadership views, split into beliefs and behaviors. You might not agree with everything, but it’s always interesting to contrast with how others look at the same opportunities.
🧭 “I recall one particular situation in a previous job when the team I was part of had multiple opinions about the future tech strategy. There was no clear plan, and people were debating for weeks. It was chaotic. One of my close colleagues pulled me aside and reminded me, “Subbu, I think you should be the one setting the direction. Why don’t you draft it down and share?” I worked on it for the next couple of weeks and presented it to everyone. I ended up using my role to align the team towards a particular direction and a path. I’m thankful for that reminder as we executed on that path to produce solid outcomes, though I took some arrows because not everyone agreed.”
How New Managers Fail Individual Contributors | 5 min read
🕳 Sometimes it’s easier, and more effective, to not make mistakes, than to make genius plays. Here we get a list of five traps that can severely hurt the progress of managers with their teams if they are not paying attention.
🔱 “You see, most people become managers right at the point where career tracks split between “technical” and “management” specializations. The result is that many new managers have most recently been very technical, yet they have no idea what it means to climb the technical track, but they will be managing people who want to follow that path. To be a great manager, you can’t afford to let the ICs on your team feel that they have no career path, so it’s up to you to manage this well.”
Wordle | x min play
🔠 A minimalist word game that you can only play once per day. Deceptively addictive.
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A most entertaining tweet 🎬
This week in a gif 🎆
High note ⚡
This issue cover picture comes from here.
Last issue most clicked link was How I Motivate Myself to Write.
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Until next week,