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November 23 2015

If you look at how people spend time on all computing platforms, whether it’s phones or desktops before that, about 40% is spent on some kind of communications and media. Over the long term, when [Oculus] becomes a more mature platform, I would bet that it’s going to be that same 40% of the time spent doing social interactions and things like that. And that’s what we know. That’s what we can do.
Mark Zuckerberg

November 11 2015

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November 03 2015

Answer to What is Tim Cook like? - Quora

“Tim Cook regularly talks about privacy in the context of civil rights. The government is attempting to force Apple to make all of its devices completely transparent to domestic surveillance. Tim Cook has taken a very strong stand against that. In doing so, he has put himself at risk of antagonizing Washington and various constituencies of militant nationalists.

Of course in part he does this because he wants to make Apple products as good as they can be, but he has spoken much louder on this issue than I think his title demanded. He has even alluded to the romantic legalese that the Supreme Court used when they built privacy into the constitution.

I think that this points to a facet of Tim Cook which is deeply principled, ideological, and political in a way which he would prefer was not part of his public persona, although he mentioned that he keeps framed photos of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy on his desk in his coming out essay on Bloomberg, which maybe gives us a sense of direction in terms of his political persuasion.”

3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions

So how can we handle decisions of all kinds more efficiently? 

The first method is to use habits as a way to reduce routine decision fatigue. The idea is that if you build a habit —for example: always eat salad for lunch — then you avoid the decision entirely and you can save your decision-making energy for other things.

That works for predictable and routine decisions. But what about unpredictable ones?

The second method is to use if/then thinking to routinize unpredictable choices. For example, let’s say someone constantly interrupts me and I’m not sure how to respond. My if/then rule might be: if the person interrupts me two times in a conversation, then I will say something.

These two techniques — habits and if/then — can help streamline many typical, routine choices we face in our lives.

What we haven’t solved for are the larger more strategic decisions that aren’t habitual and can’t be predicted.

The third decision-making method: use a timer

If the issues on the table have been reasonably vetted, the choices are equally attractive, and there is still no clear answer, then admit that there is no clearly identifiable right way to go and just decide.

It helps if you can make the decision smaller, with minimal investment, to test it. But if you can’t, then just make the decision. The time you save by not deliberating pointlessly will pay massive dividends in productivity.

Peter Bregman, HBR

October 30 2015

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The RSA Journal, via James Caig

October 21 2015

The hardest part of being a product manager is balancing the patience needed to do things well with the anxiety of not moving fast enough.
Sean Rose, Head of Product at Slack 
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People practice Tai chi in a square in Qinyang, Henan province, China, October 18th 2015. Credit: Reuters

The role of the leader is to direct creativity towards a central purpose
Chester Barnard - The Functions of the Executive (1938) 

October 09 2015

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Opens Tomorrow Morning by Pablo Delgado at Howard Griffin Gallery

August 29 2015

When we argue vehemently against something, we do so not on account of the reasons we generate, but on account of the feelings that the reasons are created to support. They may be the ‘wrong’ reasons but our feeling is never the wrong feeling – our feelings just are. A feeling cannot be ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. It is how we act out our feelings that is moral or immoral. A feeling on its own is no more right or wrong than a needle on a gauge, pointing to how much fuel you have in your tank. We might feel like annihilating someone but it is only the acting out of that feeling that is indicative of dubious morality.
— Philippa Perry, How to Stay Sane

August 26 2015

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