The Stockdale Paradox, Revisited

The Stockdale Paradox, Revisited

Hey Everyone,

Hope you're having a great week. Here are a few things I've been reading, writing and pondering lately. There's a lot going on this week, so I'm keeping it short. Enjoy!

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My friends at Clearbit are in the process of releasing another great ebook. In each of the next few issues, I'll feature a snippet from one of the chapters. This one is from Suzanne Holloway, Director of Demand Generation and Growth Marketing at Miro.

Her journey from a one-person marketing team to a director-level role is remarkable. And perhaps especially relevant today ... tomorrow's leaders are being forged—and forging themselves—as we speak.

Young marketers with management aspirations should always be on the lookout for opportunities to mentor and advocate for their co-workers, according to Suzanne. In addition to it being “just the right thing to do,” she says early exposure to any form of leadership can go farther toward career advancement than simply being a top performer in everyday duties.

Read his chapter here and check out the ebook here.

1. The Stockdale Paradox (PDF)

I came across this idea in Jim Collins' Good to Great and found it to be incredibly useful. I've shared it before but now is a good time to revisit. It states:

You must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, AND at the same time have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.

2. 100 Little Ideas

This post reminds me a lot of Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful and I love it.

3. The Coronavirus Crisis Checklist for Startup CEOs

If you're a CEO, read this. If you're not a CEO, read this to understand how your CEO is thinking right now. Some of it is hard to swallow, but it's best to be realistic and hopefully learn something from all this chaos.

Most 2020 plans were created based on a more or less normal worldview. I’m willing to bet none of you had a “global pandemic” section in your 2020 financial planning sheet. So you might as well clear out the entire document and start on a blank page. New realities call for new plans.

Have a great weekend!


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