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Issue 11 Interview with Michael Lopp, VP Engineering at Slack


Every few weeks, I ask one question to a founder, CEO, manager, or business owner I respect…

A chat with Michael Lopp

Michael Lopp has spent his career managing engineering teams at Apple, Palantir, and Pinterest. Today, he serves as the VP of Engineering of Slack, and has published books on leading technical teams (his pen name is Rands). In this 14 min. interview we talk about why being busy is a bad thing, and how to delegate well as a leader.

Transcript of the interview is here.


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A Meritocracy is a Trailing Indicator
“First off, being a meritocracy is a philosophy, it’s not a strategy.” Written by our Heartbeat Interview guest, Michael Lopp (better known as Rands)

Chemistry, not Culture
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Stop Obsessing Over “The Teams”
“In this post I’m going to argue that we shouldn’t focus on ‘The Teams’, until the conditions for effective teams are in place.” Written by John Cutler, Hackernoon


Favorite reads

The Best Leadership Advice I Ever Got
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10 Principles of Organizational Culture
“The name of the game is making use of what you cannot change by using some of the emotional forces within your current culture differently.” Written by Jon Katzenbach, Carolin Oelschlegel, and James Thomas, strategy + business

How Facebook’s VP of Product Finds Focus and Creates Conditions for Intentional Work
“My calendar is my most powerful tool for enforcing my prioritization.” Written by First Round Review

Creating an innovation culture
“Innovative cultures start with a philosophy and a tone—one analogous to the classic parenting advice that children need both ‘roots and wings’.” Written by Dr. Waguih Ishak, McKinsey Quarterly

10 Things that Immediately Happen when Real Leadership Shows Up
“Leadership is what determines how successful you and those around you are. If there is minimal success, there is minimal leadership.” Written by Benjamin P. Hardy, The Mission


Just for fun

How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything
A wonderfully honest piece.


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