Unless you are actually a ninja, a guru or a rock star, don’t ever use any of those terms in your bio. Ever.
"My hunch that bad orgs are a widespread problem has been wholly validated. Companies today are using an operating model that emerged alongside the national railroad system. Imagine if you could only send emails to your colleagues via Pony Express – that’s the level of mismatch of tool to environment that most companies are stuck with. The web has created a hot, flat, noisy, and connected world, a world of exponential change, and most organizations are stuck in the dried amber of a bygone era."
The Importance of Pixar’s Braintrust
"To understand why the Braintrust is so central to Pixar, you have to start with a basic truth: People who take on complicated creative projects become lost at some point in the process. It is the nature of things—in order to create, you must internalize and almost become the project for a while, and that near-fusing with the project is an essential part of its emergence. But it is also confusing. Where once a movie’s writer/director had perspective, he or she loses it. Where once he or she could see a forest, now there are only trees."
Source: Fast Company
David Remnick on The New Yorker
"I wanted to move quickly on the Web, but you need resources. When we first did things online, we thought we would do them The New Yorker way, with the same level of editing and checking, and quickly saw that couldn’t be done. There was a short period of time where we went to the other extreme. But that was too sloppy and careless. So now we try to find measures so that we’re publishing things online that are decently edited but also have some of the velocity of what the Web can do. It is 2014 for print, but it feels like 1931 for the website, which is to say we are experimenting and finding our way. My job, besides the week-to-week for the magazine, is to one day, somewhere down the line, hand off a healthy, vibrant magazine to someone else."
"Books Were My Real Mentors" —Derek Sivers
Books were my real mentors. Yes I had a few smart friends that helped with a bit of advice, and that helped, but not as much as all the widsom I got from these great books. sivers.org/book is my list of recommendations with the best at the top.
Actually many times my smart mentor friends gave me advice that was just… uh… wrong! Didn’t work. So really glean the best wisdom you can from great books, and really only you know what’s best. The other mentors who may give you advice are kind of like semi-random fortune cookies. They don’t really know you. Sometimes what they say helps, but really only you know your full situation.
… there’s a huge audience out there which wants to consumer news content not by going to a particular publication each day, at a given time, but instead will encounter your journalism through channels you don’t control but can tap into and optimize for. That means your story needs to be told through YouTube. And written to attract on Twitter. And maybe you want to use Tumblr. And perhaps you need to be better designed for Flipboard. And how can you ensure you are doing better in Google?