The Hacker Way

At its core, hacking is an approach to problem solving. It is both humble and optimis…

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Time > Money

Time is the only truly scarce resource we possess. We should spend it with a level o…

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Say No

I joined Facebook when there were around a dozen engineers. There wasn’t any formal…

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Ask For Help

Last week I wrote about a time when many of my colleagues knew there were issues aff…

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Give Hard Feedback Fast

I recently wrote about a time at Facebook when I got some hard feedback that changed…

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Be Kind

I almost got fired once. My friend, and CTO at the time, Dustin Moskovitz pulled…

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The Path Matters

Let's imagine I were able to travel through time and I went back to my 2004 self and…

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Conspicuous Absence

None of us are born leading others but we are raised with an image of leadership thro…

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Convincing Failure

A team faces a decision. They have a goal in mind but there are two approaches and no…

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Service Oriented Organization

When I first joined Facebook there was an unhealthy tension between engineering and o…

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Ask for Advice, Not Permission

One of the most common anti-patterns I see that can create conflict in an otherwise c…

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Brands Are Tools To Help Humanity Scale

Here’s a fun exercise: find an object near you and ask yourself why it was created p…

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The Impact Trap

Imagine your goal is to climb the highest mountain. The problem is you are in a forei…

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CTFOIGT

A few years ago I was working on a new design for Facebook Groups. We were a small te…

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Sense of Urgency

I once had the good fortune to visit the kitchen at The French Laundry. The kitchen…

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Say Yes

The natural instinct when presented with a new idea is to point out all the problems…

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Take Longer Vacations

We often measure leaders by their dedication. We measure them by their commitment to…

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Speak in Stories

I still remember the first time a girl I liked passed me a note in high school. We we…

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