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Each week I share new insights I learn about software engineering, business, and psychology, and how they relate to each other. As Patrick McKenzie says "Most secrets about how the world works aren’t secrets, they’re just knowledge unevenly distributed." Here's to playing a tiny part in distributing knowledge a little more evenly.

Newsletter #27 - Managing Up

Hey folks, Today's nuggets: 1. Complement your manager's skillset 2. Ask for what you want 3. Prove your work is important 4. Get others to prove your case #1 Complement your manager's skills Learn your manager's strengths and weaknesses (they

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Newsletter #26 - 2020 in Review

There goes 2020. This was the year I started writing seriously. It started off as a way to remember what I read [https://www.zainrizvi.io/#why-i-write], with this newsletter being an effective forcing function [https://www.zainrizvi.io/newsletter/

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#20 I was Bored at Google

It felt wrong. I was one year into working at Google, one of the best companies in the world. People die to get a job here. But...something was off. I was bored. Yes, the amenities were great. The food

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Newsletter #16 - How to Think Better

When was the last time you changed your mind about something big? For me, it happens about every three years. The most recent one happened last January, when Naseem Taleb's book Antifragile [https://amzn.to/34BtNHV] pointed out a false

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Newsletter #15 - The Psychological Safety Paradox

Psychological safety at the workplace comes with tradeoffs. Where should you draw the line between making it safe about their performance, while still requiring people to meet expectations? Slava [https://click.mailerlite.com/link/c/YT0xNTM3NzgzOTE2OTgxNjU1NTE0JmM9dTR0OSZiPTQzNjkyNDU0OSZkPWo3bDh2NGY=.RQ37YVKDZ5JgcFuaNT-dXXxl-N9mNGJpysaf__9y9_M] and

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