Goya Goya is an Urdu word for the moment when fantasy is so realistic that it temporarily becomes reality It refers to the total suspension of disbelief you get with good, powerful storytelling. This is how vision should be communicated.

The advice of the week: Train employees well enough they could get another job, but treat them well enough so they never want to.


You are Not Lazy or Undisciplined. You Have Internal Resistance.

A short and sweet article about internal resistance and its role in (not) getting things done, plus why we should treat internal resistance as a form of wisdom rather than a malevolent opponent.

Getting to yes: solving engineering manager hiring loops that reject every candidate.

Will Larson’s wisdom on hiring engineering managers. To be honest, most of it applies to other roles, too, but I’ve experienced that the core problem Will talks about is more frequent around leadership roles. If you’re struggling with hiring (or growing!) leaders in your org, read this.

Why ‘bring solutions not problems’ doesn’t work

Finally someone said it! I always hated this seemingly lazy comeback. It has its rightful time and place but I think it’s being overused as one of the mindless formulas leaders throw around. I love how Lara Hogan’s digs deeper and offers situation-aware advice here.

7 harmful biases in performance reviews

Unbiased performance reviews are key to a healthy organization and people’s growth. Learn about the typical biases in the process and how to counter them.

Managing the Risk of Cascading Failure

This is a talk and not an article (though there’s a transcript if you prefer reading). Laura Nolan discusses some of the mechanisms that cause cascading failures, what can be done to reduce the risk, and what to do if there is a cascading failure situation.