Alex Jones

“the Barnum effect has been seen again and again in studies. It’s a common error our brains make. Noted Cornell psychologist Thomas Gilovich defines it: “The Barnum effect refers to the tendency for people to accept as uncannily descriptive of themselves the same generally worded assessment as long as they…

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Now is an excellent time to take three minutes and write an email to the manager of that person at work who is routinely helpful and makes your life better.

I promise you, that manager will appreciate it, and it will have a huge impact on the person you’re shining…

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Anthony Bourdain sitting on stage at South by Southwest 2016
Anthony Bourdain sitting on stage at South by Southwest 2016 — Rich Fury/Invision/AP Photo

Anthony Bourdain would’ve been 65 today. There are many things I could quote, but I love the sentiment in this snippet from a letter he sent to fellow chef David Chang:

Be a fool.

For love.

For yourself.

What you think MIGHT possibly make you happy. Even for a little…

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A question came up about dealing with office politics in a leadership group which reminded me that many people don’t understand a key facet of a leader’s job… What is often labeled “politics” is the core of what we (rightly) focus on: communication, understanding perspectives, solving problems and connecting people.

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As a leader, it can be easy to forget that you can’t manage someone’s performance; you can only help them manage it themselves. Telling people to work harder, faster, or better isn’t an effective tactic. Instead, what we can do is provide clear feedback in a timely manner and support…

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Alex Jones

Alex Jones

I lead multi-disciplinary, globally distributed teams that craft remarkable products for millions of people. I start fires (the good kind).