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  • Toby Sinclair

Curated Insights | Friday 15th January 2021

Happy Friday

Here are this week's insights to help you, your team and organisation develop better habits.



How To Build An Organisations Resilience 💪

This week I’ve been listening to the Art of Resilience by Ross Edgley.

Ross shares how he became the first person to swim around Great Britain. It took 157 days to swim 1,780-miles. He swam 12 hours a day and ate more than 500 bananas!

A key to success was limiting reliance on Adaptation Energy. This is energy used by the body in response to stress. When depleted it can lead to burnout.

Through the right training, you can limit when you need this adaptation energy. As such, you become more resilient.

You can build organisational resilience in the same way, stressing the organisation on a regular basis. Deploying daily, experimenting, chaos engineering are examples. Done regularly they stress the organisation to build more resilience.


How To Hire Product Managers 📦

Another read this week was Kate Leto’s book, Hiring Product Managers.

My insight: Hire for on “Human Skills”

“What a product practitioner at any level should actually be working toward is the ability to balance technical skills with human skills. The ability to influence, lead, coach, mentor, learn, deal with conflict, communicate, be curious, innovate, adapt, energize, build and maintain relationships, and continually grow as an individual.”

4 tips to hire for human skills:

  • Be clear on the purpose, accountability, technical skills and human skills.

  • Give Human Skills parity in Job Descriptions

  • Do Behavioural interviews to check human skills

  • Don’t hire for cultural fit


The Prophet On Purposeful Work ❤️

A final read for this week was The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.

First published in the 1920s, The Prophet is perhaps the most famous work of religious fiction of the twentieth century.

An insight on purposeful work:

"Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine."

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