2019 Essays In Review

Late 2019 marked a return of #52awesomethings and a renewed focus on active blogging and creating and publishing one post a week.

I haven’t done a structured outline of my posts, so this last post of 2019 is a recap of my most recent posts organized by themes.

Product Intuition.

What is product intuition? And why do we need yet another Product Management book?

Product Intuition, A Prelude. https://mikalfm.com/2019/12/21/prelude-to-product-intuition-the-book/

Leading in the Modern Workplace.

Much of what we call bad leadership, is simply good people improperly coping with stress. To become a better leader we must become better at operating as higher constitutions of self under stress.

The Maladjusted Leader. https://mikalfm.com/2019/12/14/the-maladjusted-leader/

Let’s end the charade, and cultivate intellectually honest work environments.

State of the Modern Workplace: Showing Up to Book Club without Reading the Book. https://mikalfm.com/2019/11/05/state-of-the-modern-workplace-showing-up-to-book-club-without-reading-the-book/

The Limits of PowerPoint. PowerPoint has a cognitive bias towards bullet point level thinking, encourage your team to adapt other tools that foster richer dialog and decisions. SEE ALSO PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT https://mikalfm.com/2019/11/15/the-limits-of-powerpoint-reflecting-on-tuftes-presenting-data-and-information-talk/

Personal Development.

When you make a habit of investing in high upside, (even) low likelihood activities and opportunities, you become the type of person good things happen to.

On the Importance of High Upside Bets. https://mikalfm.com/2019/12/07/lottery-tickets-are-a-bad-investment-for-everyone-except-the-winners/

Your time in a role, on a team, and on earth is transient, make a dent, create durable valuable.

To Grow Your Career: Create Less Crap. Be More Awesome. Learn to recognize crap, it will help you focus on creating awesome. https://mikalfm.com/2019/11/25/to-grow-your-career-create-less-crap-be-more-awesome/

52 Awesome Things. Create awesome thing each week. It’s manageable. https://mikalfm.com/2019/11/11/52-awesome-things/

Find a style that is uniquely your own and get on the journey towards mastering it.

Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick. Most Read ESSAY OF 2019https://mikalfm.com/2019/11/17/styles-upon-styles-communication-is-style/

The Limits of PowerPoint. PowerPoint has a cognitive bias towards bullet point level thinking, learn to adapt other tools in your communication tool kit. https://mikalfm.com/2019/11/15/the-limits-of-powerpoint-reflecting-on-tuftes-presenting-data-and-information-talk/

about the author

Mikal is a reformed startup CEO and experienced Product Executive based in Austin, TX. After years leading product teams at Microsoft, Nordstrom and most recently VP of Product at RetailMeNot, he now serves as a product coach helping teams in growing tech markets work their way up The Product Team Ladder.

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