Danielius Visockas on Reading/listeningSoftware Engineer @ Qoorio; Burger geek; Sound processing3 months ago
During these seemingly weird times I've discovered this book in my bookshelf. Written in 1971 it almost prophetically describes the current times.

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Talk less, listen more. And you will start noticing things you ignored. Listening is a skill. And as with any skill, it degrades if you don’t do it enough. Some people may have stronger natural ability while others may have to work harder, but each of us can become a better listener with practice. The more people you listen to, the more aspects of humanity you will recognize, and the better your instincts will be. Listening well can help you understand other people’s attitudes and motivations, which is essential in building cooperative and productive relationships, as well as discerning which relationships you’d be better off avoiding. Nice read by Kate Murphy, the author of “You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters.”
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Miglė Andrulionytė on Consumer NeedsHead of Research @Tele2 // Consumers, Trends & Innovations3 months ago
NEW NORMAL? really? as I’m reading this “we are in a war”, “everything will be different”, “…perhaps forever” I also kiss & hug friends, drink my coffee at a same place I’ve been drinking for years, I small talk with my neighbours, and smile to shopping assistant who smiles back at me. masks hanging loose. I’m listening stories about travel plans. & I plan travelling myself. I watch people getting married. throwing crazy parties. laughing. no masks. touching things. touching face. washing hands. living life & enjoying summer. same old, same old. I don’t burn my books written prior to 2020. nor I shred my strategies & plans. it’s a pause. yes. a shift in our usualness. but who believes new normal. I don’t. do you? img: brett sayles

Mangirdas AdomaitisArtificial inteligence, Data science
People are created to adapt. I think we adapt faster than we think.
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Recommended Business Youtube Channels that I watch regularly: Top in the list is VALUETAINMENT by Patrick Bet David. A great diversified content on capitalism. Love it. 2. Kevin O leary - The Mr Wonderful ofcourse 😅 A Nasty Shark from the Shark Tank USA BUT very insightful Business knowledge. 3. Graham Stephan - A Young Millionaire who talks about real estate & other investments in general. He shares some serious experiences of his investments and returns. Crazy Thumbnails 😂 4. Brian Tracy - What a great sales & marketing teacher. A complete business course package absolutely Free on Youtube. You get some real good tips on sales & marketing. 5. The Rich Dad Channel by Robert Kiyosaki - All about making money. Real Estate Investment and tips on asset protection and legit tax saving. Great insights for Millenials. He is going hard on sharing financial education which our standard education system doesn't provide. Here you go, those were some of my recommendations. Who do YOU listen to? Share with me 😁 I dont read books, I watch!
A nugget of motivational material. Today while driving I was listening to an audiobook version of The Snowball by Alice Schroeder (a biography of Warren Buffett). One of its sections stuck with me and it hasn't faded away yet. Sharing a text version of it below. “When I was sixteen, I had just two things on my mind - girls and cars. I wasn't very good with girls. So I thought about cars. I thought about girls, too, but I had more luck with cars. Let's say that when I turned sixteen, a genie had appeared to me. And that genie said, 'Warren, I'm going to give you the car of your choice. It'll be here tomorrow morning with a big bow tied on it. Brand-new. And it's all yours.' Having heard all the genie stories, I would say, 'What's the catch?' And the genie would answer, 'There's only one catch. This is the last car you're ever going to get in your life. So it's got to last a lifetime.' If that had happened, I would have picked out that car. But, can you imagine, knowing it had to last a lifetime, what I would do with it? I would read the manual about five times. I would always keep it garaged. If there was the least little dent or scratch, I'd have it fixed right away because I wouldn't want it rusting. I would baby that car, because it would have to last a lifetime. That's exactly the position you are in concerning your mind and body. You only get one mind and one body. And it's got to last a lifetime. Now, it's very easy to let them ride for many years. But if you don't take care of that mind and that body, they'll be a wreck forty years later, just like the car would be. It's what you do right now, today, that determines how your mind and body will operate ten, twenty, and thirty years from now.” Listening to this while operating a car made me appreciate the gravity of the above point on a weirdly visceral level. Has anything struck you (in a good way) recently when you wasn't expecting it?
What are the fundamental approaches for building consumer networks from the ground-up? I listen a few times to an interview with Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn. He spoke about many things, but one thing stroke me as an inspiration. I have decided to write down my thoughts so I could re-read them at any time later. Raid spoke about a framework he used to operate the early stage of a social network such as LinkedIn. It is something I was looking for some time. He says that not only VCs should have an investment thesis, but social entrepreneurs as well. So, what is this thesis? 1. A clearly articulated set of believes about the way the world is becoming. 2. Where would the role of your product or service role in that world be? How and why the world will benefit from your product or service? 3. What are you going successfully to do to enable that role? It helps to decide whether to accelerate the growth, step back, do a micro/macro pivot, and make other decisions on the next bets of the company. At Qoorio, we already operate on "the next bet" principle, however, not in that sophisticated way, as he suggests. The elements of this thesis may sound very abstract. And they should be, as the thesis itself is a set of answers to those questions put into a coherent story. For LinkedIn, that was the following on high-level: 1. Every professional should have a public identity. 2. That would make the world much better for everyone. For individuals, because they would be able to find better jobs. For companies, because they will have to become better employers, have more compelling missions, would be able to attract better talent. And for industries, because different companies will compete for talent. 3. LinkedIn had to get people to start establishing profiles and, most important, invent the way so that people would invite other people – the viral mechanism. And this viral mechanism is THE MOST important element of the business. Such an investment thesis is the starting point of the company. Based on that, the company implements the product or service, the viral mechanism (which allows people to invite other people), and onboards the first users. After that, it is usual that things don't work as expected. Based on all learnings, you tweak the thesis, replace false beliefs with what you have learned about the reality, and come up with an updated thesis. Once you have an updated thesis, you tweak the product, viral mechanism, and onboard more new users again. Then repeat the cycle again and again. Each iteration is an iteration of learning. The faster you iterate and learn, the better chances of success you have. That's why Raid argues that being able to learn fast is the key quality of the team of such environments of building social networks. Thank you, Reid Hoffman, very insightful! An open question to readers: what would motivate you to invite other people to Qoorio, and how Qoorio has to change so you will do that? Listen to the full interview here: https://greatness.floodgate.com/episodes/reid-hoffman-the-network-philosopher-king

Justas Janauskas asked the following question: "Povilai, coaching still has a poor reputation in Lithuania and is often related to success teachers and semi-scam. Could you explain in your own words what it is, and, given your specialization in IT, explain how it can help a professional to transition from a Software Engineer to a Head of Engineering position?" My answer: Bellow, I cover the following: 1) How do I see the reputation of coaching? 2) How do I define coaching? 3) How do I do coaching? 4) Why do people use coaching? 5) How can a leader benefit from coaching? 1️⃣ Reputation of Coaching Indeed, in Lithuania, the reputation of coaching is very mixed ranging from negative among regular people to neutral or positive among executives, especially middle or C-Level. However, in English-speaking countries, the reputation is much more positive and straightforward. 2️⃣ Definition of Coaching Coaching is: - NOT success consulting, although some people who promise wealth and luxury may call themselves 'success coaches' - NOT skills training, although coaching is also based on experimentation and reflective thinking - NOT mentoring, although the coach often has professional experience in his/her area of specialization (e.g. former exec coaching current execs) - NOT therapy, although coaching draws from psychological theory and therapeutic techniques (e.g. listening, mirroring, feedback, experimentation) As a coaching psychologist, I define coaching as a profession as we as a conversational learning tool based on established psychological theories and therapeutic techniques. The goal of coaching is to help mentally and emotionally functional people (individuals or groups) achieve short-term or long-term goals in their areas of interest. These include work, career, life, health, and other. 3️⃣ Application of Coaching We support our clients by asking thought-provoking questions, challenging their thinking patterns, and providing feedback. Contrary to parents, teachers, friends, life or business partners, we are much more professional and ethical in our approach. This means that we give priority to scientifically-informed techniques and interventions. Also, we pay careful attention to the client's agenda as opposed to our own. 4️⃣ Goals of Coaching The reason why people use coaching services is the same reason why they read books, listen to podcasts, attend workshops, and go to university. In other words, they want to become better than they were yesterday in terms of their knowledge, effectiveness, productivity, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and wellbeing. 5️⃣ Leadership Example Speaking of your given example, a software engineer who is new in one's leadership role will definitely have to learn a lot about oneself and one's role in a very short period of time. Because almost every strategic decision counts, the price for mistakes is much higher than before. If that is the case, a coaching partnership will help you get a head start in your role. You will have a safe and supportive space to collect your thoughts and feelings around important questions and decisions. Furthermore, you will build resilience in the face of pressure and failure which, to a certain extent, is inevitable in a new leadership role. Of course, for a coaching partnership to work, the client should feel intrinsically motivated to succeed and have necessary organizational support. My question: Justai, what reservations do you have when it comes to choosing coaching services or any other form of personal growth, including, but not limited to training, mentoring, self-help, or therapy?

Povilas GodliauskasFounder & Coach @ coach.lt
It seems that the success you were striving for in coaching was not the one you were supposed to strive. I would urge you to give it a try for a second time. However, I would switch the focus from solving a problem to improving the current state.
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What is the purpose of debate? Most of us, if asked, would say it’s about helping someone with an incorrect, harmful idea see the light. It’s an act of kindness. It’s about getting to the truth. But the way we tend to engage in debate contradicts our supposed intentions. Much of the time, we’re really debating because we want to prove we’re right and our opponent is wrong. Our interest is not in getting to the truth. We don’t even consider the possibility that our opponent might be correct or that we could learn something from them. As decades of psychological research indicate, our brains are always out to save energy, and part of that is that we prefer not to change our minds about anything. It’s much easier to cling to our existing beliefs through whatever means possible and ignore anything that challenges them. Bad arguments enable us to engage in what looks like a debate but doesn’t pose any risk of forcing us to question what we stand for. It’s never fun to admit we’re wrong about anything or to have to change our minds. But it is essential if we want to get smarter and see the world as it is, not as we want it to be. Any time we engage in debate, we need to be honest about our intentions. What are we trying to achieve? Are we open to changing our minds? Are we listening to our opponent? Only when we’re out to have a balanced discussion with the possibility of changing our minds can a debate be productive,avoiding the use of logical fallacies. Bad arguments are harmful to everyone involved in a debate. They don’t get us anywhere because we’re not tackling an opponent’s actual viewpoint. This means we have no hope of convincing them. Worse, this sort of underhand tactic is likely to make an opponent feel frustrated and annoyed by the deliberate misrepresentation of their beliefs. And if you’re a chronic constructor of bad arguments, as many of us are, it leads people to avoid challenging you or starting discussions. Which means you don’t get to learn from them or have your views questioned. In formal situations, using bad arguments makes it look like you don’t really have a strong point in the first place. Read more about bad arguments and how to avoid them: https://fs.blog/2020/05/bad-arguments/
Bad Arguments and How to Avoid Them
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