How to (and How Not to) Measure Value in Opportunities

My colleague T.K. Coleman says "If you want to be a developer at Google, don't go be a developer for another company. Build your development portfolio on the side and do anything you can to get in with Google, even if it means sweeping the floors." There are two reasons why this is a valuable approach to take: It allows you to build relationships within the company. People hire and promote people they know and…

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100 Highlights from 2018

Started 2018 with the Opening Seminar for my first-ever class as the Praxis Bootcamp Advisor lineup, the January crew.Opened up the month with a whole slew of advising sessions. Coached over 100 people, did over 400 1-on-1 advising sessions, and countless amounts of coaching via email and Slack messages. Learned a lot about coaching. Learned about learning. That was my theme for 2018. I wrote about that here, if you’re curious. Hosted 53 Praxis workshops…

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Talkin’ ‘Bout Praxis Episode 2: Luke Ruffing

In Episode 2 of Talkin' 'Bout Praxis, T.K. and I talk with Praxis alum and SDR manager Luke Ruffing. Luke's a baller -- he moved from Maine to San Francisco (East Coast to West Coast, small town to big city) to work at his first startup, PandaDoc, and then moved again before the end of his apprenticeship to St. Petersburg, Florida, to help his company open their new East Coast office. Check it out:  …

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Announcing My New Podcast: Talkin’ ‘Bout Praxis

I'm now co-host of a podcast, titled Talkin' 'Bout Praxis, and we launched our first episode today! In this podcast, Praxis Education Director T.k. Coleman and I interview our program participants and alumni about their Praxis experiences -- what brought them to Praxis, what they worked on in the program, where they apprenticed, what they learned, how they grew, what insights they obtained through their experiences. Praxis is a catalyzing experience for our participants. They're…

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Study Notes: Jordan Harbinger/Jocko Willink Interview

The Interview: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/jocko-willink-why-discipline-beats-motivation-every-time/ The Analysis: coaching insights from a warrior (ex Navy SEAL). Notes jotted in chronological order (a few with rough time stamps) and taken from a coaching perspective. The Notes: •if Jocko could tell his 20-year-old self anything, it would be that he doesn't know anything. Growth happens in five year increments -- when you're 20, you think you know everything. When you're 25, you go, "oh wow, at 20 I didn't know…

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Diner Sketches 4.1.18

Location: Bob's Diner, Carnegie, PA Date: 4.1.18 (Easter) The Game: while waiting for your food at a diner (or any public place, really, though diners are most fun), choose and describe people around you. Don't give away any blatantly obvious details, but write with the intent that someone could look around the room and pick the subject out.The Sketches: 1. A waitress with too much belly -- she'd be the quintessential American girl, but she…

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