Sep 21, 2019

Naval's Work Rules

Work rules:
  1. Delete emails w/o responding or flinching. 
  2. Don’t set up voicemail. 
  3. Don’t travel purely for business. 
  4. Don’t go to conferences unless speaking. 
  5. Eat dinner with friends or family. 
  6. Use blocks of open time to create, make good decisions, & focus on important over urgent. 
"Meetings are the death of productivity."

Specific rules for meetings:
  1. No meetings before 11am. 
  2. No meetings when emails or calls will do. 
  3. Don’t schedule calls, text coordinate them on the fly when possible. 
  4. Cram all meetings into two days a week. 
  5. 1-on-1s are usually 30-minute walking meetings. 
  6. Upgrade walking meetings to walking up and down hills if all parties are up for it. 

Sep 20, 2019

Sowell on Profits

“To the economically illiterate, if some company makes a million dollars in profit, this means that their products cost a million dollars more than they would have cost without profits.

“It never occurs to such people that these products might cost several million dollars more to produce than if they were produced by enterprises operating without the incentives to be efficient created by the prospect of profits.”

- Thomas Sowell

Aug 27, 2019

The Six Dimensions of Wellness

“Once someone’s basic needs are met (e.g., food and shelter), scientists say that wellness emerges from nourishing six dimensions of your health: physical, emotional, cognitive, social, spiritual, and environmental.”

- Brad Stulberg, Outdoor magazine citing, "The Conceptualization and Measurement of Perceived Wellness: Integrating Balance across and within Dimensions," American Journal of Health Promotion

Discrimination Is Rare

“Beginning broadly, it appears that most of the respondents (about 75%) reported either having never, or only rarely, been discriminated against in their day-to-day lives. Individual responses can be observed across racial categories, with this same pattern of discrimination experiences reported within the different racial categories. For all racial and ethnic groups represented in the data, the majority reported experiencing either none or infrequent discrimination.”

Source: "The prevalence of discrimination across racial groups in contemporary America: Results from a nationally representative sample of adults," PLOS ONE

Mar 18, 2019

Have Your Wingmen Watch Their Wingmen

"How do you find the hidden gold mine for reading someone’s body language? Instead of focusing on your primary counterpart during a negotiation, observe one of their 'wingmen.' This person is where you’ll find the most honest, unguarded body language.

"Everyone on the other side feels it when your gaze is fixed on their primary negotiator. Instead, have your wingmen discreetly watch their wingmen, and you’ll be stunned at what they pick up."

- Chris Voss, "How to Spot a Liar"