Management is for suckers


@nilofer: “In the industrial era, what created scale was more resources. In the social era, what creates scale is trust.”

When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” – John Maynard Keynes – via @flowchainsensei

“Management is a skill, it’s not a career path.” – Gabe Newell – via @JohnKellden

Everybody is a mixture of individual and group contribution. There’s a set of tasks related to project organization and keeping things going. And usually, people refuse to do it twice in a row, on back-to-back projects, because it’s very much a service job. “My job is to entirely define myself in terms of the productivity that I enable in other people. That’s a very stressful job and it’s hard to measure your own productivity. People say, hey, Jay, you should do it again, and Jay says ‘screw you guys!’.” So we look for some younger sucker to give the job to, who thinks it’s authority within a hierarchy related to decision-making, and then finds out that it’s, oh, working really really hard to make other people more productive.

How to be a happy and successful freelancer – via @C4LPT

Still, no matter how work is scored, the biggest boost to a freelancer’s personal brand is the most basic. “Work hard and be nice,” says Shapiro. “The more people you work with the more chances you have to make a positive impression. People who do a good job are talked about, and so are the people who don’t.”

“A goal [of promoting personal knowledge management] was not only to avoid silos in Domino’s but to ensure that Domino’s didn’t silo themselves from other organizations.” @britz quoting @EJKamm

“I try to operate on two unconnected levels. One on the practical level of action in which I am extremely cautious and conservative. The second is the realm of ideas where I try to be very free.” – Tony Benn, 1925-2014 – via @ImaginaryTime

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