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Management For Startups Podcast

Jun 6, 2019

Giving good instructions is difficult! This week, we look at 'executive intent', an adaptation of 'Commander's Intent', a technique that was developed by the US Army for better, clearer instructions. 

The two books referenced during the episode:


May 22, 2019

We spend a great deal of time as managers forming accurate models of the people we work with. It's important to resist the urge to stick to the first narrative we generate. 

This episode, we explore how to resist the narrative fallacy, and why it's important to do so.


Apr 24, 2019

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos popularised the idea of 'disagree and commit' in his 2016 shareholder's letter. It's a fascinating idea, but it isn't the most common form of 'disagree and commit' that you'd experience as a middle manager. 

No, the most common scenario is one where you don't agree with your boss, but you're forced...


Apr 12, 2019

We all have down days. When you're an individual contributor, this isn't so bad. But when you're a manager, your entire team depends on you. How do you deal with motivational issues when you're hit with an inevitable down day? 


Apr 4, 2019

This week we deal with the challenge many makers — programmers, designers, hardware engineers — face when they make the leap to management. How do you wake up in the morning to go to work when you no longer get joy from what you do? 

(Inspired from this HN...