Not here to crush dreams, but to crush entropy

Chaos begone!

Very good read on Medium by Rands about project managers and the need for them when your company is growing a tad too big. Don’t be afraid to slim down on your responsibilities to what you really need to be doing (for instance, managing code, not people). A good project manager will be able to provide clarity amongst all the moving pieces because that is what they are there to do. They have the big picture view of where everything is and what’s going on so you can focus on what you are best at.

A good project manager is one who elegantly and deftly handles information. They know what structured meetings need to exist to gather information; they artfully understand how to gather additional essential information in the hallways; and they instinctively manage to move that gathered information to the right people and the right teams at the right time.

Source: https://medium.com/@rands/entropy-crushers-fd552252dfff#.dduq017qe

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Lasting Relationships Rely On 2 Traits – Business Insider

“If your partner expresses a need,” explained Julie Gottman, “and you are tired, stressed, or distracted, then the generous spirit comes in when a partner makes a bid, and you still turn toward your partner.”

In that moment, the easy response may be to turn away from your partner and focus on your iPad or your book or the television, to mumble “Uh huh” and move on with your life, but neglecting small moments of emotional connection will slowly wear away at your relationship. Neglect creates distance between partners and breeds resentment in the one who is being ignored.

There are many reasons why relationships fail, but if you look at what drives the deterioration of many relationships, it’s often a breakdown of kindness. As the normal stresses of a life together pile up—with children, career, friend, in-laws, and other distractions crowding out the time for romance and intimacy—couples may put less effort into their relationship and let the petty grievances they hold against one another tear them apart.”

Source: Lasting Relationships Rely On 2 Traits – Business Insider

Just a reminder to be kind to your loved ones, and work in your relationships. Taking someone for granted or letting “life” get in the way is sure a sad way relationships fall apart.

Article: How Reebok Is Tackling One Of The Sports World’s Trickiest Problems

Football Helmets Banging Together

Reebok Skullcaps

How Reebok Is Tackling One Of The Sports World’s Trickiest Problems | Co.Design | business + design.

While playing football and many other high contact sports come with its risks,  I think this is definitely a step in the right direction. To be able to measure the impact of a blow to the head and to be warned about the severity of its impact allows coaches and players to take action. It is not a mere ringing in the head but the skullcap can PROVE that the red flag should be raised.

An interesting point that the author mentioned, too, is the psychological side effect of wearing these skullcaps. Everyone was playing more cautiously! There was fewer head banging and less rough play, at least in the upper torso to the head region. The skullcaps serve as a psychological sign that says, “Watch it now! You should be cautious of the blows your head is absorbing from just one tackle.”

Now, we can take this one step further. We can say that the players may just be playing more cautiously than before because the skullcap is new. They don’t normally wear these skin-tight fabric on their heads. Once the novelty wears down, I’ll be interested to seeing if this psychological sign will still be in play. Maybe at that point, the skullcaps will truly be seen a valuable gear all athletes need to put on as they “suit up.”