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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by vnatale » Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:10 pm

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No one presents their thoughts in writing prior to the meeting. Everyone just talks at the meetings.
Vinny, have you ever read up on Amazon's six page narrative memo requirement for executive meetings? I've never used it, but I like the concept a lot.
At Amazon, instead of asking his senior leaders to brainstorm great ideas for the company, Bezos asks them to submit six-page, dense, narratively structured memos. He then often holds a silent meeting, where senior leaders table read these memos, prior to starting a discussion.

Writing memos forces his team to think through their ideas in high-resolution detail. Instead of wasting time with impromptu brainstorming sessions, writing memos ensures that group discussion is based on the critical review of the relevant ideas, not on hypotheticals.

Most importantly, it makes it impossible to hide any logical inconsistencies in the ideas that people put out there. By imposing a rigorous, standardized template on the process of idea generation at Amazon, Jeff Bezos raises the bar and raises the quality of his team's thinking.
I have not. But, of course, I would love it. However, it goes totally against the organizational culture, which starts at the top. Provide as little written as possible but, instead, just spew it all out verbally.

It's a highly social group and I view our meetings as yet another venue for the group being able to be social. I'm there to get things done. Being social is not one of my needs or goals.

We also have "shared" leadership at our meetings, which is the same as "shared" responsibility. I live by the creed, "When everyone is responsible, no one is responsible."


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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by Mark Leavy » Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:41 pm

And to bring this thread back home... it looks like Xan has adjusted the avatar settings to scale the image to a maximum (height OR width).

Nicely done.
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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by Tortoise » Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:50 pm

Thanks for doing that, Xan!

Vinny et al.: I'm also an introvert, and "thinking on my feet" has always been a distinct weakness of mine. It can sometimes make meetings and phone calls a bit frustrating.

I'm much better suited for asynchronous communication like email where I can be more deliberate and conscientious and not have to worry about making mistakes and omissions while trying to think on my feet.

That Amazon approach sounds like it's probably based on some solid psychology. It's been said that articulate writing and speech is an outward expression of clear thought, so the exercise of having to condense one's thoughts into an articulate piece of writing or speech actually forces one to clarify one's thoughts.
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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by vnatale » Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:57 pm

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Thanks for doing that, Xan!

Vinny et al.: I'm also an introvert, and "thinking on my feet" has always been a distinct weakness of mine. It can sometimes make meetings and phone calls a bit frustrating.

I'm much better suited for asynchronous communication like email where I can be more deliberate and conscientious and not have to worry about making mistakes and omissions while trying to think on my feet.

That Amazon approach sounds like it's probably based on some solid psychology. It's been said that articulate writing and speech is an outward expression of clear thought, so the exercise of having to condense one's thoughts into an articulate piece of writing or speech actually forces one to clarify one's thoughts.
And, from this part of the choir, ALL you say gets a hearty, "Amen!!".

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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by Xan » Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:02 pm

Sorry, folks, I didn't make any changes... I think you're noticing that Vinny rescaled his picture to make it smaller.
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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by CT-Scott » Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:16 pm

Wow, I'm really loving this last page-worth of replies. I think we're all from the same mold (on one aspect of our personalities, at least).
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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by vnatale » Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:19 pm

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Wow, I'm really loving this last page-worth of replies. I think we're all from the same mold (on one aspect of our personalities, at least).
I'll now create a poll to confirm...

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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by Mark Leavy » Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:20 pm

Xan wrote:
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Sorry, folks, I didn't make any changes... I think you're noticing that Vinny rescaled his picture to make it smaller.
I did a test post with a tall skinny avatar. Full image height and a few pixels wide. Horrible.
Sorry about that folks. I deleted the test post as it destroyed the readability of the forum.

Carry on.
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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by dualstow » Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:49 am

Fantastic new avatar, Mark. Working on your son’s treasure map, I see.
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Mark's avatar makes me want to play the Uncharted series again.
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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by Mark Leavy » Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:49 am

dualstow wrote:
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Fantastic new avatar, Mark. Working on your son’s treasure map, I see.
Smile. You have a long memory...
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Re: Isn't there an Avatar Thread?

Post by CT-Scott » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:36 pm

OK, I finally got around to uploading an avatar. I was going to put up a photo of a cocktail but couldn't find a good one I've already taken, so maybe I'll take a new one this evening. So then I did a search in my Google Photos library for "cat" and found this one that I found online quite a while back (it's not one of my cats, but I did add the text myself).
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