Best of 2020

I read articles, blogs, podcast, follow people I respect and like. In year 2020 it was bit more consumption as I was home most of the time. I like to read up something outside of what my profession is to help me connect dots. I am not including any Covid-19 articles, as I believe everyone would have read so much about it in the past year. Some of best articles I read in the past year for me to revisit and share.

Why Mindsets Matter ?

What we believe is who we are. Mind is constrained by our beliefs. When we are born into this world we don’t have belief. We are born with only fear of falling. Child lacks fear and does not believe in anything. As we grow up, we start forming our belief system based on our experiences. Should our past experience define us ? Self-Comforting State Humans generally avoid risks when possible. We don’t see further down the road how a particular action can have a damaging effect.

Modern Leadership from Art of War

Art of War - a work of 5th century BC by Sun Tzu, having 13 chapters. Every chapter is about warfare strategy and tactics. It explains general’s tactics and has influenced east-asian military warfare. Many generals have drawn inspiration from this book. More you absorb this book, you can see through the text and you realize the text can be applied to modern leadership even in this industrial age. So my idea with this post is to my interpret and apply to current context of leadership and management of a team.

Multi Disciplinary Links

Awesome Falsehood - a curated list of Links How to Estimate UseNet Archive How to Ask Questions - Etsy Debriefing CDNs are not only for Caching How to answer well to a question Managing Technical Quality Mathematics Better Explained Linear Algebra-4th edition Distributed Systems Distributed Systems Patterns Random Architect Notes

Howard Schultz - Teaching Business

Table of Contents Howard Schultz on Business Being Entrepreneur Self-Doubt How did I start ? Expanding to China Be curious Ask Questions Find a mentor Disrupt Focus Find Right Investors Overinvest in culture Hire a Value based Team Interviewing a canditate Don’t manage, lead Cannibalize yourself Leadership in crisis Conclusion Howard Schultz Being Entrepreneur Cost to starting business today is lot easier due to technology Have a great discipline and thoughtfulness Balancing responsibility for customer and investors.

Bob Iger on Leadership

Table of Contents Introduction Starting your day. Infuse creativity Advice Focus Strategy and Priority How to comunicate Reinforce Pixar acquisition case study Getting Steve Jobs on board Merging Company’s Culture Success Art of Negotiation Brand Value Marvel Aquisition What customers want Captain Marvel and Black Panther Limitations of Data Risk Taking 21st Century Fox Disney Success Conclusion Introduction My notes doesn’t do justice for the videos I watched.

Ideas we can think about

Your time is limited. Have courage to follow your heart and gain experience. Live your life and not anyone else’s. Avoid stupidity. Find the points that’s hurting the most and fix it. Basically figure out the low hanging fruits Always focus on bottlenecks. read this wiki Humans desire what others desire. Its called Herd mentality. Develop your own desire and specialize Only way to do a great work, is to enjoy while you do it Closer you are with people, who share the same equality , will tend to fight more Avoid competition.