Author: Christopher Cook

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Project Manager By Accident

Are you a project manager by accident? You went from the best technical worker to managing a team. In doing so, your mindset needs to shift from an individual to a group. These three mindset shifts will help you become a better manager, therefore impacting a project positively.

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You Are a Newbie…Forever

“Existence is chiefly maintenance. Everything is falling apart slowly. Everything requires additional energy and order to maintain itself. In a world of continuing upgrades, everyone becomes a newbie…forever.” – Kevin Kelly

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Mothers, Musicians, and Marshmallows

In his book The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, Steven Kotler talks about the leaps and bounds extreme sports athletes have made in the last few decades. Tony Hawk’s 900 (two and a half spins) on a skateboard used to be the pinnacle of achievement in the halfpipe best trick competition. Hawk first landed this trick in August of 1999. Since then, there have been 15 different people to land the same trick. The invention of the MegaRamp in 2002 gave life to the 1080 (three complete rotations). Tom Schaar landed this trick on...

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[How to] Increase Flow State Percentage

The following is an excerpt taken from an article written by James Slavet: After years of leading teams and then, at Greylock, watching some of the best startup CEOs in the world, I’ve learned that the most important metrics are often ones you never read about on the income statement or in the financial press.  A few of the companies Slavet has invested in are Groupon, One Kings Lane, and Redfin. In the investing world, metrics like income statements and financial news heavily weigh on an investor’s decision to put money into the brand or company. Managers tend to...

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