I wanted to experiment with a new type of content for this blog. Rather than offer my thinking on an aspect of leadership or personal performance, I wanted to share some of the things that got me thinking this week and offer some small commentary on how I think about them.
My thinking behind this is that you, my reader, like me are hardly one dimensional in your reading or interests. If you've followed these post to date (thank you!) then I assume we have a shared interest in performing at the highest possible level in our lives. So here are a few things I've read this week that I inspired me and helped give context to the world (systems) we live in.
1. Thursdays' NYT Editorial on Amazon canceling HQ2 in NYC.
I live in Long Island City. The proposed development would have been three blocks from my apartment building. I had mixed feelings on the Amazon deal. Overall I was in favor of it. However, if you also live in NYC you also know our public infrastructure is failing and needs massive investment.
As a society, we're wrestling with some difficult questions right now what our future should look like. The tech industry, of which I am a part, is under intense scrutiny about the power we have and the role we play.
I found this article from NYT to be a very compelling read. It does a fantastic job of showing the issues that surround the deal from both sides.
2. How often do you get an insight into the thought process of an industry leader?
I found this via TechCrunch's article on Facebook considering acquiring Unity. The article is part of a book review. The Cliff Notes version is simple - they considered it, but didn't.
However, the article linked to something I found truly interesting - an email from Mark Zuckerberg to his senior team.
The email is discussing Facebook's strategy around VR / AR and their potential investment in a company. What I found most interesting was the clarity of his strategic thinking. His email clearly articulates a vision of the future while also expressing his doubts and the limits of his analysis.
Enjoy the read and accept it as a challenge to make your next strategic message as clear.
3. The Sales Hacker guide to follow up emails.
No matter what it is that you do at some point having some sales skills will be helpful. One of the things that people often find amazing about sales is the power of following up. Simply sending a follow up to an unanswered email can massively increase your chance of getting a response.
However, like all sales techniques, there are right and wrong ways of doing this. I found this guide to be a fantastic summary of the right and wrong ways to follow up.