erstand the w… includes spontaneous bursts of creativity, which are discussed in greater detail in Metaphor Two). Given these limitations, one obvious strategy for mental preparedness is voracious reading and an accumulation of vicarious experience. The more you read, the more effective you become and, paradoxically, the more humbled you will be by how little you know. You will begin to see novel links and better understand the world around you. You will be quicker and more useful in real-time discussion. Your base of cached thoughts will build and these thoughts will intermingle and combine in novel ways, often resulting in serendipitous invention.
The reason CEO’s say these words (alignment and communication) is they are trying to get the organization to make the same set of decisions, whether they are in the same room or not. This is very difficult, especially when the company is growing quickly and each new employee hasn’t had a lot of time to work with you directly.
I also write an email every sunday night to the whole company. This isn’t a tactical email but something more thought provoking. One of the things with scale is you need to continue to repeat things. Culture at scale is all about repetition — repeating over and over again the things that matter.
They would take a team of people and ask — who would you hire first if you were hiring this team from scratch? They would compile all of this information across all of the teams and divide everyone by three lines:
From Shishir Mehrotra: This was a framework for judging talent which I applied at YouTube — namely in determining the levels of individuals (senior vs. junior executives — aka. What is the difference between a level 3 product manager and a level 6 product manager?