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Notes to Myself as a Young Manager

  1. Trust people. Be prepared for them to make mistakes, and be there to help them fix things.
  2. Allow new situations time to mature and clarify before taking action. Don’t make any decisions until you have to.
  3. The majority of your work will take place in meetings, and there is nothing wrong with that, as long as the meetings are valuable.
  4. Don’t bring surprises to the meeting.
  5. A shortcoming in someone could be a strength if applied properly.
  6. Do not start new fires simply because you are used to fighting fires.
  7. Be compassionate, but hold others accountable for their work.
  8. Humor doesn’t work as well as you think it does. It generally just causes confusion.

The 19th-Century Law Behind the Oregon Standoff

“For many people, public land is an untrammeled good. Places like the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are paradises for hikers and safe havens for endangered species like snowy owls. But for a particular subset of miners and ranchers, government land ownership is a deep wound, one they see as a promise that has since been broken–part of an obscure ongoing fight over a piece of legislation that is over 150 years old, called the Homestead Act of 1832.”

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16 Elevating Resolutions for 2016 Inspired by Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

“What if we could augment the bucket-list of typical New Year’s resolutions, dominated by bodily habits and pragmatic daily practices, with higher-order aspirations — habits of mind and spiritual orientations borrowed from some of humanity’s most timelessly rewarding thinkers? After the 2015 selection of fifteen resolutions inspired by such luminaries as Seneca, Maya Angelou, Bruce Lee, and Virginia Woolf, here are sixteen equally worthwhile resolutions for 2016 borrowed from a new roster of perennially elevating minds.”

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