Hey Everyone,

Hope you're having a great week. Here are a few things I've been reading, writing and pondering lately. Enjoy!

1. Understanding Speed and Velocity: Saying “NO” to the Non-Essential

I needed this reminder this week. It’s one of those posts worth reading every few months.

Velocity and speed are different things. Speed is the distance traveled over time. I can run around in circles with a lot of speed and cover several miles that way, but I’m not getting anywhere. Velocity measures displacement. It’s direction-aware.
Think of it this way: I want to get from New York to L.A. Speed is flying circles around Manhattan, and velocity is hopping on a direct flight from JFK to LAX.

2. Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught in School

I found this to be a very useful read.

Emotional intelligence is a shorthand that psychological researchers use to describe how well individuals can manage their own emotions and react to the emotions of others. People who exhibit emotional intelligence have the less obvious skills necessary to get ahead in life, such as managing conflict resolution, reading and responding to the needs of others, and keeping their own emotions from overflowing and disrupting their lives.

3. The five types of communication problems that destroy company morale

Yes, yes and more yes.

Example 1: Team A requires support from Team B on its top-priority project. But Team B considers this project low priority and drops it in favor of something else, leading to frustration from Team A.
Example 2: Person A and Person B have been given overlapping mandates. Both are trying to deliver, but their priorities are in conflict.

4. Tweet of the Week

Yes, I know it’s lame to feature my own tweet here. Seriously though, this got a great response and I’m going to make it happen. Should I use Slack, Facebook or something else?

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Have a great weekend!

Jimmy

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