An "Operating System" to scale your team and business

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Hey friend,

We hope everyone's having a great weekend and that your summers are off to a roaring (and relaxing) start. I'm in the late innings of my Covid recovery - symptom-free and mostly just missing surfing and hugging my kiddos.

This week, instead of an essay we're mixing things up a bit. It's been years since we wrote about Notion. (Yes, memento moris, the scarcity mindset and the root causes of ambition are much juicier topics.)

Over the years, we've built an incredible Business Operating System (and have done so for numerous consulting clients) and wanted to share the step-by-step instructions so that you can "steal this set-up" and make it your own.

An "Operating System" to scale your team and business

Be forewarned.

This is a massive tutorial.

(In fact, it's probably more like a book.)

It's 17,000 words, with 12 embedded templates and over 90 informative screenshots.

You'll learn the fundamentals and first principles of Project Management, Goal Setting Frameworks, Managing Remote Teams and much much more.

Whether you're a solopreneur, small business owner or manage a high-performing team, this guide will help you:

  • Create organization-wide transparency through powerful knowledge management,
  • Align your highest priority goals with your day-to-day business,
  • Level-up your management skills and build a cohesive culture
  • Improve your customer relations and generate more leads
  • And manage your projects and roadmaps with ease

Here are this week's top reads:

// one

It's worse than you think

5 minutes | Oliver Burkeman

A common tactic for resilience is to consider “what’s the worst thing that can happen?” and then working backwards to realize that it’s not so bad. But as the incredibly talented Oliver Burkeman posits, what if things could actually get way worse? There’s a freedom in unclenching your heart and letting go — while trusting that things will be ok.

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// two

My twelve rules for life

6 minutes | Medium

Our lives follow invisible scripts — rules, that we’ve absorbed from our parents, peers and society at large. Living an examined, self-determined life means defining your own rules. And writing them down is a great way to keep yourself accountable. Here’s a collection of 12 rules from the podcast host Russ Roberts (my favorite: If your child offers you a hand to hold, take it).

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// three

The rise of performative work

3 minutes | The Economist

Want to know the secret to pretending you’re working, according to George Costanza? Act irritated. In the age of remote work, there’s been a huge rise in our collective performance culture. From making sure there’s a green dot next to your slack name or filling up your shared calendar to look busy or pre-scheduling weekend emails. What happens to a workplace where employees are more concerned with coming off as though they’re working than actually getting work done?

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// four

How to make the most of your 24 hours

3 minutes | Zen Habits

We’ve all felt a scarcity mindset around having enough time. Despite there always being a fresh supply of time, it can still feel like there’s never enough. Here are four ways to make the most of your 24 hours: be intentional at the start of each day, quality over quantity when it comes to task completion, create moments of transcendence, and reflect with gratitude.

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// five

How to dissolve your ego - and why you should

6 minutes | Big Think

Our egos can get in the way more often than we’d like. On the one hand it’s good to have a strong sense of self, but it can become precarious when we’re so invested in our sense of self that we refuse to ways in which we can change. A few practical ways to keep your ego in check? Have friends in your field who are more/less/equally accomplished as you, start a meditation practice, and continue to return to this question: what are your ego defenses protecting, and can you get around those walls?

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