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Issue #22  (Group Meetings vs. One-on-one) 07/15/19

One of my favourite links from this week (see below) is the article from 2017 on one-on-one meetings vs. group meetings. I've always been deathly bored during team (or group) meetings and never felt they accomplished much of anything. But that doesn't mean that a group meeting can't be productive. It just has to be done the right way.

The whole article is well worth a read, but this is a good paragraph that sums things up nicely:

"The lazy and undisciplined manager can improve their style of management by thinking hard about who they really need to talk to about a particular subject. They can then pursue one-on-one meetings with those people. The lazy and undisciplined manager finds it easier to simply order everyone to show up, and then they figure out who they actually need to hear from while the meeting is going on. This is efficient for the manager, but inefficient for everyone else, and therefore inefficient for the firm."

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

Privacy Eye - Chrome extension to show you the number of trackers put on your computer by each website. Click on the owl to see the detail of trackers and their duration.

Tweetr - Online tool to write and schedule your tweets in Markdown. - Dashboard and reporting software for businesses. Gets all your metrics in one place, so you can better understand, share, and improve the numbers that matter.

Problem Analyzer - Online tool to compare problems and find the best one to solve.

onChrome - Firefox extension that opens only the URLs you want in Chrome.

Articles & Resources

One-on-one meetings are underrated, whereas group meetings waste time - 2017 article (mentioned in the intro) by Lawrence Krubner with some (in my opinion) fairly obvious but important observations.

How information is like snacks, money, and drugs—to your brain - Study by researchers at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business finds that information acts on the brain’s dopamine-producing reward system the same way as money or food.

I’m Not Really A Good Web Developer, I’m Just Good At Googling Things - Coincidentally, this is also the title of my autobiography.

Developer to Manager - Repository of interviews and advice on how to make the move from development to management in computer science and engineering.

Startup idea checklist - Slava Akhmechet's personal list to develop, filter, and just overall think through ideas.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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