Weekly Roundup: Self-Awareness, spending time with industry titans, and why you should work 100+ hours a week

Each week, I come across a ton of great content that I find interesting and helpful to my personal and professional career. I’ve decided to start sharing some of the things I find along with a few quick thoughts on what I read. I hope you find it helpful.


Effective Leaders know the Science behind their behavior – Daniel Goleman is one of the leading experts on the topic of emotional intelligence, something that I think is a key driver of success among leaders.  In his latest article on LinkedIn, Daniel talks about how effective leaders utilize self-awareness to understand behaviors that lead to successes and failures, and use that self-awareness to drive their own decision making. Good news – if you don’t think you are self-aware, the article outlines things you can do in order to increase your self-awareness.

Why I work 100 Hours a weekLiz Wessel, the Founder and CEO of Wayup, a job matching platform for college students writes about why she doesn’t have work-life balance and why it’s worth it for her not to. Given the glamour that startups get, it’s a nice reminder that it’s not all rainbows, butterflies and catered meals. It’s clear she’s found a job and company that she is willing to throw her life into and that is incredible. The key here is finding something for yourself that is just as worthwhile to you, provided that is the path you want to pursue.

Spend time with A+ people in other industries – Hunter Walk, one of my favorite bloggers I follow, wrote about how spending time with people who are interesting to you in other industries can be valuable for your learning and development. This is an approach I’ve used throughout my life and I 100% agree with his comments. If you’re not doing this I encourage you to do so.



Technology and the Imperative of Citizenship – In preparation for President Obama’s appearance at SXSW, Jason Goldman, the CDO of the White House wrote a piece on why he believes technology and innovation is critical to transforming public service. As an optimist, it paints a lovely picture of how technology could make public service more user/citizen friendly, and it does a nice job outlining some of the ongoing work (and potential future projects) the government is undertaking to transform the way it serves citizens.


Joshua Reeves of Gusto: Directing without dictating – Gusto is one of the hottest startups out there. They also happen to have a CEO who by all accounts seems to be a very grounded leader. This NY Times interview gets into his leadership and management style. After reading this article, I’m not surprised to see them doing so well. It’s clear they have very strong leadership


What Google learned from it’s quest to build the perfect team – Google has a world-class Human Resources team, and this article from the NY Times showcases some of their research on what makes successful teams. According to their research, physcological safety is the number one trait that is most critical to successful teaming at Google. This is a great read for any manager who is responsible for a team, or, for any person who is on a team at work.

Thoughts on Gender and Radical Candor – I’ve previously written about the topic of radical candor and why i think its important. Kim Scott, the former Google/Apple leader did a Part 2 on radical candor and the implications of radical candor on men and women. For anyone interested in the diversity issue this is a relevant article into how everyday managers have to deal with managing a diverse workforce. Furthermore, there is also a fascinating story in the article about the challenge today that many professors/teachers in college face in teaching and educating students.

What Hubspot Learned from hiring (and not hiring) engineers – IMO, Hubspot has some of the best content marketing out there. It’s interesting and incredibly useful to a wide audience. If you’re someone who is in a role where you have to recruit and hire this is a must read.

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