Author: Bud Caddell

How Do We Decide?

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Teams make lots of decisions. Important decisions. Trivial decisions. Urgent decisions. Wide-ranging decisions. But teams very rarely ever think about HOW they decide. Startups generally start with consensus and either keep relying on it as they scale which slows them down OR they fall back on a single leader who, as the company grows, becomes less and less equipped to see all aspects of the business. We made this team decision making tool to help […]

Lies Really Do Spread Faster

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Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, Sinan Aral.

IWD

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morals

Read women.Cite women.Credit women. Teach women.Publish women.Present women. Acknowledge women.Award women.Amplify women. Hire women.Support women.Promote women. Hear women.Believe women. Follow women. Pay women. Pay women. Pay women. #IWD2018 — Shailja Patel (@shailjapatel) March 8, 2018

Military Standards

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My niche perspective is this: in the Army, firearms are much more heavily regulated than in civil society. How can so many enthusiastic gun owners say that they hold the military as a model, and yet not accept the strict regulations that go with the military’s use of firearms? […] This is another facet of rights without responsibility, or privilege without duty. A note from an Army Officer and reader of The Atlantic.

“Well, someone has to know this stuff”

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I fucking love science. The mindset of make a guess, test it as best you can, and record everything for the next person to learn from seems like the most meaningful path we individuals can take as members of a social species. It emboldens our personal creativity and answers for our impermanence at the same time. This talk explores the ancient relay race of our knowledge in mathematics, starting at 3000 BCE. That we can […]

Barlow’s Principles of Adult Behavior

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Silicon Valley visionary John Perry Barlow died last night. I honestly didn’t know much about him, but reading the outpouring of eulogies across the web today I wish I had met the man. It must be the mark of a life well spent to be able to leave a momentary gaping hole of reverance in the chaos and cynicism that is the web. Everyone has been sharing Barlow’s Principles of Adult Behavior, a list he […]

I’m Only One Person

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Let me beguile you just a little bit more about extended families. Let us talk about divorce, and that fact that one out of every three of us here has been or will be divorced. When we do it, we will very likely wrangle and wail and weep formlessly about money and sex, about treachery, about outgrowing one another, about how close love is to hate, and so on. Nobody ever gets anywhere near close […]

All The Links

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I stayed up late and compiled a list of every link we’ve ever included in our NOBL newsletters since we started the company in 2014. If you like reading about the future of work, leadership, and transformation, you’ll dig this. Also, check out our revised Resources page with all of our past newsletters, talks, interviews, and essays.

This Model is Wrong, But is it Useful?

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2×2 matrices map extremes. That’s their function. So as drawn, they obliterate nuance. And yes, they are overused. The measure of a 2×2 matrix isn’t in how well it captures reality, but in the quality of conversation it produces in response to its narrow-mindedness. As you feel out where it fails to accurately depict you or a situation you find yourself in, does it force you to meaningfully examine the underlying factors and forces that […]

Forbidding The Privilege of Stopping

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It would not be easy, no—for in order to win such a battle, he would have to forbid himself the privilege of stopping, and whatever he did right he would have to repeat, as though he were already living in eternity. Tom Junod. This quote really nails something I’ve struggled with since starting a company. When you find something successful you have to keep repeating yourself even if you’d rather, out of vanity or boredom, […]