Leadership, Business, Strategy, and Drums

This week was a bit of a whirlwind. I learned a ton. Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to write an eloquent post but in the meantime, I’ll record my learnings in the form of bullet points:

  • Speak up and challenge people in meetings. It shows you have confidence and shows you can lead.

  • When approaching a new project, throw away any preconceived solutions and focus on the problem. This will make for a better design solution.

  • Don’t get lost watching the actions of your competitors. Stay focused on what you’re good at and stay focused on the needs and pain points of your users/customers.

  • If you’re only presented with a solution in the beginning of a project, ask questions, ask questions, ask questions. Asking questions will reveal the root problems that need to be solved.

  • If you ask the right questions, you can make people think they’ve come up with your solution.

  • Before you meet with your boss, step back and think of what she would say and what she would change.

  • If you’ve sung all your life and you’re learning new instruments (like the drums), singing will make it easier to play the instrument. There must be some neuroscience explanation for this. I’d really like to hear it because singing and drumming is so much easier than just drumming. It feels like a magic power.

Special shout out to my sister Margot who’s an amazing life and business mentor.