The Leadership Garden Newsletter

Psithurism

Psithurism – The sound of rustling leaves or the wind in the trees. An adaptation of the Ancient Greek ψιθύρισμα (psithúrisma) or ψιθυρισμός (psithurismós), from ψιθυρίζω (psithurízō, “I whisper”), from ψίθυρος (psíthuros, “whispering, slanderous”). 💡 This week’s advice: The worst evils in history have always been committed by those who truly believed they were combating evil. Beware of combating evil. The best Twitter thread of the week Every time I hear:...

December 6, 2021 · 3 min · Csaba Okrona

Encandilar

Encandilar – The aftermath of seeing a sudden bright flash of light, often associated with seeing spots. Encandilar comes from the Spanish verb encandilarse, meaning ‘to be dazzled/blinded by’. 💡 This week’s advice: When someone tells you something is wrong, they’re usually right. When someone tells you how to fix it, they’re usually wrong. The best Twitter thread of the week Does anyone do org level chaos engineering - force people to take random paid time off to see what breaks?...

November 23, 2021 · 3 min · Csaba Okrona

Gluggaveður

Gluggaveður – An Icelandic term for when the weather looks pleasant from your window, but is actually really cold that you need a jacket. Gluggaveður literally means “window-weather”. 💡 This week’s advice: The 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes of screenwork, look at a spot 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will reduce eye strain and is easy to remember (or program reminders for). The best Twitter thread of the week...

November 15, 2021 · 3 min · Csaba Okrona

Eigengrau

Eigengrau - When we close our eyes or enter total darkness most people see vague grey field usually composed of changing regions of tiny black and white dots. This dark grey colour is called the Eigengrau, a German word that means intrinsic grey. What we are seeing is visual noise and it is the static of our retina. 💡 This week’s wisdom: Being pleasant and having a good attitude is a simple way to become luckier....

November 8, 2021 · 3 min · Csaba Okrona

Sesuji ga kooru

Sesuji ga kooru (背筋せすじが凍こおる), is a Japanese term which literally means “spine freezing” and it’s not hard to imagine when you’d want to use this phrase — footsteps that follow you on your way to the server room or the creepy feeling you get when you deploy to production on a Friday afternoon. 💡 This week’s wisdom: The best way to untangle a knotty tangle is not to “untie” the knots, but to keep pulling the loops apart wider and wider....

October 31, 2021 · 3 min · Csaba Okrona