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Link: The Heretic's Guide to Getting More Done →

April 3rd, 2014

"Research shows that we make sounder decisions when we analyze less and empower our subconscious minds to do the heavy lifting."

Link: My Role as a Manager • Cap Watkins →

April 3rd, 2014

"My job doesn’t exist so that I can know more, or so that I can tell others what to do. My job exists to cultivate a healthy and safe environment for amazing people to do the best work of their lives. My job is to make sure that people feel supported and have a clear path to success and growth. And when things get murky or confusing, it’s my job to assist in finding clarity again, to reframe the conversation"

— Great thoughts for those of us transitioning to a manager role, from my friend Cap Watkins | Sr. Product Design Manager at Etsy.

Link: How Home Depot Copied Apple to Build an Ingenious New Bucket | Wired Design | Wired.com →

January 2nd, 2014

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July 19th, 2013

“A leader’s job is not to prevent risk, but to build the capability to recover when failures occur,” Rosenberg says. “There’s such a thing as good failure and bad failure. A good one happens quickly and provides plenty of lessons. A bad one takes a long time and you don’t learn anything. Leaders don’t prevent failures. They prevent bad failures.”

42 Rules to Lead by from the Man Who Defined Google’s Product Strategy

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July 19th, 2013

“Back up your position with data. You don’t win arguments by saying, ‘I think.’ You win by saying, ‘Let me show you.’”

42 Rules to Lead by from the Man Who Defined Google’s Product Strategy

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June 20th, 2013

“I’d love there to be more ways to highlight the amazing products and services out there that are developed by individuals and tiny teams, to celebrate the local shops of the web. Let’s support those people who are crafting small, sustainable businesses—the people who know their customers and are not interested in chasing a lottery-winning dream of acquisition, but instead are happy to make a living making a good thing that other people love.”

Rachel Andrew of Perch on A List Apart

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November 27th, 2012 1 note

“it’s time to rethink the system before everyone is selling fake digital vegetables on a fake farm for a living.”

How to Be an Entrepreneur - The Bold Italic - San Francisco

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November 21st, 2012 3 notes

“Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong — and in life, and in love, and in business, and in friendship, and in health, and in all the other ways in which life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid, or evil, or it’s all been done before? Make good art.”

Advice on Living the Creative Life from Neil Gaiman | Brain Pickings

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August 9th, 2012

“Find people who believe the world will be better when your company succeeds. That’s an incentive that money can never buy.”

Leah Busque: How to Hire Extraordinary People

Link: Paid Vacation? Not Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Paid, PAID Vacation. - FullContact →

July 11th, 2012

"We’ll Be A Better Company if Employees Disconnect" — this is awesome.

Link: How to live happily with a great designer →

July 3rd, 2012

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May 27th, 2012

“…we’re becoming like the mal-formed weight lifter who trains only their upper body and has tiny little legs. We’re radically over-developing the parts of quick thinking, distractable brain and letting the long-form-thinking, creative, contemplative, solitude-seeking, thought-consolidating pieces of our brain atrophy by not using them. And, to me, that’s both sad and dangerous.”

We’re Creating a Culture of Distraction — Joe Kraus Blog

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April 25th, 2012

“It is difficult to imagine the depths of despair into which those can be driven who, even after the end of the working day, are engrossed in their intricate designs and who are pursued, into their dreams, by the feeling they’ve got hold of the wrong thread.
— W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn”

— This quote is haunting me. Found it on an artist’s site with some beautiful paintings that also haunt me: Robert Josiah Bingaman | The Race (via @lbm)

Link: 10 New Year’s resolutions for designers | Feature | .net magazine →

January 6th, 2012

So much truth in this article! So much yes. Thank you, Mike Monteiro! (@Mike_FTW)

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December 21st, 2011

RescueTime looks like a really interesting way to track your time and improve focus. (via @busterbenson)

RescueTime looks like a really interesting way to track your time and improve focus. (via @busterbenson)

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