This month: how to be great, adopting the journey mindset to move forward, and how successful companies found their first users.

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Nearly everyone is keeping their eyes out for the “shortcut” to greatness. Whether trying to achieve a business goal, a personal goal, or something in between, most of us are susceptible to marketing that promises silver bullets — simple solutions that will help us find success faster than we would otherwise.

This month, I’ve found some articles about…


This month: why product managers should be better storytellers, thoughts on work-life balance, and truths about generous company perks.

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Fall is here. The kids are back in school (thankfully!) and it’s a great time to refocus at work. I’m thinking about how we can find more ways to be efficient and ensure that we stay focused on our core values.

This month, there’s some interesting reading on how and why product managers need to be better storytellers, thoughts on…


This month: the science of well being in 3 minutes, don’t solve the problem, and stop running in circles and ship work that matters.

Emergent is a monthly newsletter that features Noah’s ideas, writing, podcasts, and other things that are capturing his attention. Subscribe here.

It’s certainly easier — at least for me — to be happy in the balmy summer weather that we get here in Oregon. But, when the sun leaves, I want to hang on to that happiness. Read on to understand the science behind happiness and how we can make ourselves into happier people.

I’ve also…


This month: why we procrastinate, better ways to motivate employees than with cash, and why being wrong makes you a better leader.

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Motivation at work can be challenging — especially as we in the Northern Hemisphere are swathed in summer weather, and thoughts of vacations and trips to the beach continually push into our minds.

So, I’ve been thinking more about how motivation (and procrastination) work — both for me and for my teams. …


This month: the power of saying less, management advice and how your dumb rules are frustrating your best people, and what makes a map good.

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Welcome to June. This month, I’ve been thinking about silence and also how I can be a better manager. That led me to two interesting articles on these topics that I wanted to share this month. Plus, I found a great article on map design that will fascinate you.

If you like what you…


This month: the versatility of 50–30–20, and how to use this popular rule for managing personal finances for almost anything.

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This month, I’m doing something a little different.

I’m having Alyssa Powell do a “takeover” of the newsletter. Alyssa is part of our marketing team at Palo Alto Software, and has some interesting thoughts on how to take a popular rule for managing your personal finances and leverage it into a tool for managing almost anything.

Thanks for reading!
Noah…


Moderating the “Crushing It” panel with empowering women at the 2018 Eugene Young Professionals Summit

In 2012 I graduated from Oregon State University.

I had one day off to pack up my belongings from my townhouse in Corvallis, hop in a U-haul, and move on down to Eugene to start my first job out of college (and secretly pretend like I wasn’t a Beaver living in Duck country).

I took all the graduation money I was gifted to put down my deposit and first month’s rent on a new apartment downtown.

With less than $200 in my checking account, I was starting my career in a brand new city, with my closest family and friends…


University students inspire me. They’re bright-eyed and filled with passion and have so much opportunity before them.

I enjoy living in a city with great universities right down the road and I’m grateful to work for an employer that’s created a sought-after summer internship program.

Note, your experiences may be different — but here’s some advice from years spent in the ‘real world’ wrapped into one spot. Get ready for one heckuva pep talk, which also could apply to those that aren’t in their undergrad.

Here’s the letter I wish someone wrote to me my last year of college.

Hey,


I started dance training at age five.

Lessons, workshops, conventions, classes, choreography sessions, competitions, performances, recitals — you name it.

I talk about dance a lot because a majority of my foundation, discipline, team building skills, leadership, and more came from it.

Dance is almost second nature. I’ve had the opportunity to train with some of the most disciplined, brilliant, and top-tier dancers, coaches, and artistic directors. The companies I’ve joined, the studio classes I’ve instructed, and the teams I’ve choreographed for have added to my passion over the years.

These dance experiences have allowed me to cultivate and share…


This month: Saying “sorry” too much, from amateur snowboarder to the Olympics, and how to design emotional interfaces for boring apps.

Emergent is a monthly newsletter that features Noah’s ideas, writing, podcasts, and other things that are capturing his attention. Subscribe here.

I have an eclectic set of articles this month. From asking yourself if you say “sorry” too often, to the strange and interesting story of an amateur snowboarder who made it to the Olympics through sheer perseverance, there’s something for everyone.

If you like what you see or have some suggestions, drop me a line at noah@paloalto.com.

Thanks…

Alyssa Powell

Digital Media Marketing Specialist at Palo Alto Software. Collaborator + connector. An avid fan of random dance breaks. Fueled by cold brew coffee.

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