Gomer is listening to Staind

Episode 240 · April 17th, 2020 · 1 hr 29 mins

About this Episode

You know it's bad when Gomer is listening to Staind. Also, we talk about the falsehood of the American Work Ethic and the dangers of Remote Work without formal processes.

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Episode Links

  • Staind - It's Been Awhile (Official Video) - YouTube — Staind - It's Been Awhile (Official Video)
  • Deftones - Root - YouTube
  • Project 86 - Little Green Men - YouTube — Truthless Heroes
  • Project 86 - Spy Hunter - YouTube — Project 86 - Spy Hunter
  • How it Allows the American Army to Practice Chaos on a Daily Basis — A commonly referenced quote is “The reason the American Army does so well in wartime, is that war is chaos, and the American Army practices it on a daily basis." This is believed to have been said by a German General following World War II. It is likely that the General meant the statement as an insult, not as a compliment. Regardless of the General’s intent, a U.S. Soldier will probably accept that statement with pride. Mission command allows U.S. forces to be effective in the chaos of war and the principles of mission command can be applied to business.
  • Task Inflation and Inbox Capture: On Unexpected Side Effects of Enforced Telework - Study Hacks - Cal Newport — In some roles, for example, in the absence of this friction task inflation might become endemic, leading knowledge workers to unexpectedly put in more hours even though they no longer have to commute and are freed from time-consuming business travel obligations.
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport — In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.
  • The Dichotomy of Email - Study Hacks - Cal Newport — On the one hand, email is a massively useful way to send text and files to individuals or groups. It’s much better than voicemails or memos. If we had to go back to these older technologies it would be a major pain. On the other hand, email makes us miserable. How are both true at the same time?  The problems with email are less about the tool than they are about how we deploy it.