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Follow your dreams, no matter what

I met recently AleŇ° Svoboda who is selected as one of the potential astronauts for the moon mission. When the moderator asked him what he would say to other people who want to follow in his footsteps, his message was simple: “follow your dreams, no matter what others will say”. So simple, yet profound. It is a rare job and a rare chance to happen in life. To be selected to go to the moon. How cool is that? You can be a doctor, lawyer or software developer, but astronaut is something special. What it is to live your life with a single hope – achieving your dreams? Maybe we should all try to live more like that. Don’t take me wrong, there is a difference between gambling with your life and chasing your dreams. Ales is a highly skilled specialist and even if he doesn’t achieve his dreams, he can still find a living. This is the difference between his approach and gambles who hope for the best and go all in, but when it doesn’t work, they lose everything.   Based on Ales’s words, the mess

Contract and power vs collaboration and interaction

Many people got it wrong because of fear. They think contract and power are the way to go. Not if you want to be innovative and get the most out of your people. Creating more and more meetings will only introduce inefficiency to the system. Instead, create an interaction system that people will be aware of. One example is Jira board, where you know what people are doing and they can easily communicate what is happening. But why would you want to do that? Then some people who only track the process would become obsolete, because the team would track the process and own it. This is the challenge on how to create efficient product delivery team, where instead of obstacles you know exactly how to support the people. One way is to lead by example, and many people have imposter syndrome, which prevents them from being that example. Therefore, it is important to have the right managers who are not afraid and have the skills to create interactions and collaboration by fostering the needs of th

The black hat process

Recently, I learned about a new way of looking at your competitors and this process is called a black hat. The idea is simple: every organization has its strong and weak points. By looking into your competitors, you can assess their position and create a follow-up actions to mitigate their advantages. The black hat assessment is only the entry phase, where intelligence brief is prepared. After that, the next steps are SWOT analysis and adjusting your price to win strategy.   The importance in this process is to find the right people. The right people The right people are those who are action oriented. You need to find people who are high enough in the hierarchy and who can take the actions and move them to completion. Otherwise, the entire effort and resources will be for nothing. If you find the right people, but they are not empowered to make the change, then you might waste a lot of time doing the transformation and your competitor will most probably adjust their weak points by that

Winning a competition

To win a competition, you need to have specific qualities. You must believe in what you do If you don’t believe in yourself or what you want to achieve, it is way better to give up. There are so many people who do “fake it until you make it”, but those are B players characteristics. To be an A player, you must adopt a different mindset. You must be doing the most important things and tasks and reduce the distractions. Than there is nothing that would stop you from achieving and winning everything. You must listen to a feedback I usually know when someone would fail. A clear indication is the way they react to a feedback. There are many people who might not have your best intentions in mind and they will try to put you down. There are also amazing human beings who want you to succeed. They use their precious time to provide you with a feedback on your project. It will be disrespectful of you if you don’t listen to them. This might seem like a contradiction. How can you believe in what y