This is relevant to my life, inasmuch as I don’t like meetings
“A team of like-minded people sharing like-minded opinions behind a closed door — the dreaded groupthink — has produced some of history’s worst ideas… It’s better to bring in at least one new face or dissenting voice to shake things up and challenge a few assumptions.”
In his latest essay, Paul Graham describes the difference between what he calls the maker’s schedule and the manager’s schedule. Makers–-the writers, coders, designers, editors, creative types–-need half or whole days to produce anything that solves complicated problems. Managers schedule out their workdays in hour-long blocks. When managers schedule makers into midday meetings, they kill creative productivity in real but not-obvious ways. Graham considers himself a maker, and describes why meetings are the enemy of creativity.
i call it “finding a groove” and for me, it’s difficult to even look for a groove if i know i’m going to have to get back out of it in an hour. i’m learning to do so anyway.
This is great (except on the last point; impressions and clicks are actually different things)