The Looking Glass: Cringe stories
April's weekly Twitter threads, in one handy e-mail
Hello dear readers,
I hope you are well, and healthy, and that the sound of spring rains give you pleasure. Over the past few months on my tweet thread journey, I meandered through embarrassing personal stories, company lore, and a metaphor or two.
What should be next in my topic queue? Write me your suggestions.
The Right Feature > More Features
How to win in product development with fewer resources.
One of the stories we used to tell in the early days of Facebook was how a small, two-engineer project came to dominate the entire photo sharing landscape in the late 2000s. Thread 👇 1/10
Getting Through the Cringe of Asking for Favors
How asking more often leads to greater generosity all around.
Before The Making of a Manager came out, my publishers and I had a chat that left me deeply uncomfortable. "Who are some business writers / leaders you admire?" they asked. Easy. I rattled off a dozen names. "Great, can you ask them to read your book and give a blurb?" 1/10
Pick a Company like You’d Pick a Friend
No company is without flaws. A guide for picking the next one you’d want to join.
Companies are like people. Not sprawling networks of people (though technically that's right) Rather, thinking about a company as an individual makes many things easier to understand. Pick the company to join like you'd pick who you'd want to hang out with every day. Thread👇
That Time I Got Feedback That Stung
How I rationalized away a perfectly good feedback lesson.
"Some people are simplifiers. You're a complexifier." This was a piece of feedback I received once from a colleague. Yeah, it burned. It felt like a shitty thing to say. Thread 👇(1/11)