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Issue 2 Interview with John Maeda, Global Head of Design at Automattic


Every few weeks, I ask one question to a founder, CEO, manager, or business owner I respect…

A chat with John Maeda

John Maeda is a world-renowned design leader who has inspired me for years. Currently, he serves as the Global Head of Design & Inclusion at Automattic. In 9 minutes, John shares with me what he wishes he would’ve learned earlier as a leader.

Transcript of the interview here


Latest leadership reads

How to Tell the Truth
“How is it possible that everybody believes that they are honest yet has a difficult time identifying anyone else with the same characteristics? Are we all so dishonest that we are lying to ourselves?”Written by Ben Horowitz, Founder & General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Bursting Out of the CEO Bubble
“Ironically, to do what your exalted position demands, you must in some way escape your exalted position.”Written by Hal Gregersen, Harvard Business Review

The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership
“Have you ever had a difficult executive decision to make?… How do you figure out the right thing to do?”Written by Jeffrey Schwartz, Josie Thomson, and Art Kleiner, strategy+business

When Being Painfully Honest Can Be Motivational
“A new study shows that there are times when tough love can be the most altruistic move.”Published by Fast Company

What CEOs are reading in 2017
“Leaders of some of the world’s biggest organizations share which books will keep them occupied in the weeks ahead.”Published by McKinsey


5 favorite leadership reads

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
“As the researchers studied the groups, however, they noticed two behaviors that all the good teams generally shared…“Written by Charles Duhigg, The New York Times

The Most Valuable Lesson I’ve Learned as a CEO
“What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as CEO? My answer was simple: Don’t leave the pitcher in the game for too long.”Written by Jeff Weiner, CEO at Linkedin

What’s so bad about mandatory workplace socializing?
“Employees were expected to spend extra money and time on group lunches and twice-weekly drinks. This kind of socializing was necessary in order to get ahead.”Written by Mikki Kendall, Quartz

Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution
“Only 16% of top leaders were rated very effective at either strategy or execution. Only 8% were very effective at both, while 63% were rated neutral or worse on at least one dimension.”Published in Harvard Business Review


Just for fun

The Sound of the Funny: The Vocal Chord Wiz Behind ‘Doug’s’ Theme Beat
Published by Great Big Story


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