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65: On working well with others
plus Vitalik Buterin, start-up investing and my personal user manual
I've heard the saying "a relationship dies one conversation at a time".
So I guess conversations are pretty important.
I've read a few resources recently about how to improve your conversations (which I've linked at the end of this email). But I think, more than aiming to have good conversations, there are meta-principles we can follow about how to work well with others more generally.
The principle I want to talk about today is communicating preferred ways of working and the technique I want to share is "the personal user manual".
🖇 Establishing ways of working
The COVID-enabled shift towards remote work has offered many people more freedom to design their own work schedules.
But as society re-opens (and some companies enforce working from the office), there'll be some figuring-out to do.
In my start-up, there's only two of us, which offers flexibility. Right now, we're doing around 2 days per week in-person and the rest remote.
But perhaps more importantly than the location we work from is the way we organise our work together.
📖 The personal user manual
I've seen a trend recently towards writing a 'personal user manual'.
The idea is that you outline yourself and how you like to work in a document - and then share that with your colleagues.
I think it's a neat idea, and probably becomes more useful as the size of your team grows.
I found it a helpful prompt to reflect on how I work best, and I'm hoping (as my team grows) that it'll be helpful to exchange these with other colleagues.
The book prompting me to improve my conversations
A talk I attended
Soulbound NFTs with Vitalik Buterin (creator of Etheruem). Vitalik explored the value of non-transferrable NFTs in a recent blog post and explored the idea further in this session. I’ve been following Vitalik for years - so fan-boyed out a little bit by asking 5 questions and taking a ‘metaverse selfie’ (ie. screenshot).
The Q+A was great fun, and turns out that, yes, Vitalik is mortal.
What I'm listening to
Cal Newport on the Tim Ferriss podcast. My top takeaways were:
Defining your life’s roles and values to help make quicker decisions
Scheduling 1+ week of time when you can’t be contacted every 3 months - to reflect, reset your system and to ensure you put systems in place that can enable it
An evening ‘shut-down’ routine
Check out the podcast for more context.
What I'm reading
Ins and outs of fundraising today (healthcare startups). A helpful insight into current state of play around investing in healthcare.
The Durability Formula – How It Will Determine Your Startup’s Future Value. A helpful framework for thinking about start-up outcomes. Mostly, contains helpful prompt questions to ask yourself.
Hope you’ve all had a great week,
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Hi! I’m Chris Lovejoy, a Junior Doctor and Data Scientist based in London.
I’m on a mission to improve healthcare through technology (particularly AI / machine learning), and share what I learn along the way.
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