Leadership & Management
Leadership to me is guiding a team to do their best work through doing the painful but valuable work that no one else wants to do. Management is the science of processes to maximize the output of a team.
The bible of management. By far the clearest articulation of how to think about management that I've read. Extremely practical too.
Yishan was an engineering manager/director at FB during massive growth years of 2006 to 2009. Great, non-obvious practical advice for how to manage in a fast growing startup.
Henry Ward, CEO of eShares, shared their onboarding doc. Clear and thoughtful way of building the right culture. Takes some pages out of Netflix's culture deck. In particular I love how there are less platitudes and more serious trade offs e.g. Create Leverage, Not Efficiency. Your company culture/values are worthless if the opposite of them aren't reasonable values too e.g. 'Do great work' is not useful because 'Do bad work' cannot be a goal, while 'create leverage, not efficiency' is useful because the opposite-'be efficient and save costs rather than optimize output'-is reasonable goal for company that is focused on operational efficiency over growth.
Recommended to me by Wade Chambers not long after he joined TellApart as VP of Engineering. Before this, “leadership” was too nebulous of a concept for me to know how to improve at. This book put a framework around it to guide my leadership development.
Ben Horowitz sharing what it's really like in the struggle of building and leading startups. And shit it is hard. Great practical advice for dealing with the super painful stuff too e.g. how to fire your friend.
Read this early on in becoming an engineering team leader. Shed some light on team dynamics and trust building as key.
One of the toughest things in life, not just work, is to have tough conversations without killing each other. But seriously, a lot of leading people involves difficult conversations about performance, disagreements about strategy, or people quitting. This book gave me some tools to deal with that. It's been good for personal relationships too 😂
I started using this at TellApart when startup life got more stressful from having to deal with more people problems. It's the single biggest thing that helped me resolve people issues or disagreements by being a calming influence on heated arguments.