πŸ“» β€” Change by Design, Chapter 2 β€” #yenBOOKCLUB

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Good morning yeniverse!

It’s Week #3 of the #yenBOOKCLUB and here are a few of my personal notes that I’ve captured in last week’s reading (Chapter #2) β€” I’d love chat over the book with you during #yenHOURS today! Feel free to stop by if you have time!

  1. Behaviors are never right or wrong; only meaningful.
  2. The design thinker’s job is to help people articulate their latent needs; even ones they do not know that they have by using empathy, insight, and observation.
  3. The evolution from design to design thinking is the story of the evolution from the creation of products to the analysis of the relationship between people and products, and from there to the relationship between people and people.
  4. The mission of design thinking is to translate observations into insights and insights into products and services that will improve lives.
  5. Spending time to understand a culture can open up new innovation opportunities. This may help us to discover universal solutions that have relevance beyond our own culture but they will always have their origins in empathy.
  6. The designer must not be imagined as an intrepid anthropologist, venturing into an alien culture to observe the natives with utmost objectivity. Instead we need to invent a new and radical form of collaboration that blurs the boundaries between creators and consumers. It’s not about “us versus them” or even “us on behalf of them.” For the design thinker, it has to be “us with them.”

Can’t forget a few links from around the internets for creators and community-builders:

  1. I want this to be true. Startups be like. Remote jobs. Modern USA.
  2. Literally, Wes Anderson. Sony Fortnite. Can’t wait. Good ban.
  3. ID superfans. Consensys. Not that good. Black mirror.
  4. Rehearsal. Ecocart. Optimize everything. Product problem.
  5. Overnight millionaire. SPAC in LA. CH Twiso. HipHop + Cash.
  6. CH, nooooo. Good competition. Atomized. Unambiguous.
  7. Pancakes and bunnies. Grab. Zoho nocode. Nocode overview.
  8. Epic. Good conditions to test. Ensemble.chat. Food bloggers.
  9. Quick wins. Different games. Rich now. OMFG. Meaningless.
  10. Fuck yeah. Invincible. Colons. Pretty! Dixon on Crypto.

To infinity & community,

β€” john


This article via NFX was a great reminder about the importance of who you decide to work with because we all know what it’s like to partner with the wrong people and how that has turned out.

Badly, terribly, painfully.

Cofounder relationships, like any good and healthy relationship, requires intentional investment on both sides of the equation, and that’s really hard when things are stressful, scary, and when everyone has very little sense of what they should be doing. I mean, no one really knows how to do “any” of “this” if we’re being completely honest with ourselves.

But the art and science of practicing good habits is how you make a good relationship great and how you keep it that way too. One are that caught me was the section on “clear ownership”:

Having clear ownership so you don’t constantly step on each other’s toes and waste valuable time requires effort, but the payoff is worth it. Map out the full spectrum of work to be done across your company, and make sure someone has clear ownership for each initiative and functional area. This is a critical exercise in proactive planning and communication that will only serve your Co-Founder relationship.

via NFX

The exact same thing is necessary up and down the organization and community stack, by the way, not just with cofounder or senior leadership roles. This is useful for your direct reports, your peers within an organization, or even how to better navigate a growing community (from scratch).

Being more explicit about where you want folks and what you want them to be working on is a real #powermove and one that’s taken me time to grow into my own. But there’s always room for improvement and I plan on taking a few intentional steps this week in firming things up.

Perhaps you can do the same.

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