i haven't read as much or as often as i should. but after reading how Warren Buffet gets smarter, i've realized the need to become a learning machine.
for the last two weeks the following are books i've read and the subsequent mini-summaries. you can see my GoodReads list here; feel free to add me and suggest other books.
Give and Take
giving is good - in the long-run
a tactic to deal with takers is to create a recipricoal relationship in the short-term
dormant ties are important - they require less effort to ignite
responsibility bias - attribution of work comes to the self first, rather than others
a teachers' belief in the students' potential is enough to make students better
loss of productivity associated with giving is unfounded
giving all at once more efficient and produces more results than distributed giving
negotiation for givers - remember to negotiate not for yourself, but for others
extrinsic incentives boost short term productivity, but has long term detrimental effects
extrinisic motiviation for execution only tasks
any extrisnic rewards should be after the task is accomplished
simulate play for work
hook model: trigger->action-> variable reward ->investment
provide pricing flexibility to reduce trigger friction
vitamins vs painkillers - painkillers solve an obvious need; vitamins appeal to users' emotional rather than functional needs. For vitamin startups, develop habits
the more users invest time and effort into a product/service, the more they value it
the struggle for workplace recognition is a struggle not only with women, but with all minorities
embrace the jungle gym approach of building a career - multiple ways and routes
have an 18 month plan - what do you want to accomplish?
select mentees on performance and potential - nothing else
have policies that allow equal access to both men and women
don't be afraid to ask for stuff - the worse is a no
void a narrow frame. don't focus on current options, consider opportunity costs, what if current options disappeared?
multitrack - consider more than option simultaneously, don't consider fake options, toggle between prevention and promotion mindsets, push for this and that, not this or that
look for someone who's solved your problem, incorporate a playlist, ladder up to analogies
"what would have to be true for this option to be the right answer"?
consider the oppositive, devise the total oppositie, test assumptions with a deliberate mistake
zoom in, zoom out; consider the base rates - what are the best case and worst case scenarios.
ooch an answer - try something first
attain distance before making a decision, do 10/10/10 (10 seconds after, 10 minutes after, 10 years after)
consider your core priorities
bookend the options - best and worst case scenarios
set a tripwire - set a deadline or partitiion when you need to make a decision by
make sure you have a process when making decisions