Listening is the real job

When doing interviews it’s easy to ask closed-ended questions because we often know the sort of answer we’re looking for. So we bake that answer in to the question.

But you’ll get richer information, and be able to create more compelling insights if you listen.

If you’re following a script you’ll be waiting for the other person to finish their answer so you can move on to the next question. But if you’re really listening, you’ll be able to ask follow up questions which are much harder than scripted questions. You’ve got to come up with them in real time, while also listening, while also keeping the interview on track.

And that’s the real challenge.

June 22, 2024

Knowledge is Power

France is Bacon

June 22, 2024

Predicting the Future

Our task is not to predict the future; our task is to design a future for a sustainable and acceptable world, and then to devote our efforts to bringing that future about. We are not observers of the future; we are actors who, whether we wish to or not, by our actions and our very existence, will determine the future’s shape.

Herbert Simon

May 29, 2024

On Screwdrivers

Or, actually, what POSIWID means.

Dan Davies:

The purpose of a system is exactly what is being worked out every day, as that system reproduces and maintains itself, decides what events it is going to react to and how it is going to balance present interests and future possibilities. And so the doing of things is, identically, the creation of purpose.

I like that: the doing of things is, identically, the creation of purpose.

May 13, 2024

Seven fireplaces

Rick Perlstein had dinner with Marc Andreesen:

All that talk about human potential and morality, and this man afire to reorder life as we know it jokingly welcomes chemical enslavement of those he grew up with, for the sin of not being as clever and ambitious as he.

There is something very, very wrong with us, that our society affords so much power to people like this.

April 25, 2024

You should watch Adam Savage talk about a pencil

April 25, 2024

Williams F1 only just stopped using Excel to manage their build

I can’t even.

It is not an exaggeration to say that up to and including at least the initial work on the 2024 Williams, its car builds were handled using Microsoft Excel, with a list of around 20,000 individual components and parts.

According to Vowles, the Excel spreadsheet was being migrated to a digital system at the same time the car’s technology base” was going through its own colossal overhaul.

April 1, 2024

Mark Pesce thinks Autonomous Agents are the Future


The amount of computational power that will require is staggering.

Pesce quotes Wim Vanderbauwhede:

As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible.”

April 1, 2024

Pop culture, according to the right wing, should be frivolous. Because before the internet, it was something sold to girls by corporations run by powerful men. Famous pop stars through the ages, like Frank Sinatra, America’s first Justin Bieber, or The Beatles, the One Direction of their time, would be canonized as Great by Serious Men after history had forgotten they rocketed to success as their generation’s Tumblr Sexymen.

– Ryan Broderick: Taylor Swift vs. the manosphere

February 1, 2024

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