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Level Up - Issue #20

It's the last calendar week of 2019. For those of you on holiday, I hope you have enjoyed some quiet

Level Up

December 29 · Issue #20 · View online
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It’s the last calendar week of 2019. For those of you on holiday, I hope you have enjoyed some quiet time. This quiet time is also a perfect time to reflect on how you experienced 2019.
For me, 2019, is the end of one chapter. And soon the beginning of another as I move on from my current employer, N26. Read more about it in my latest blog article, “Moving on from N26”. I look forward to sharing with you all what next lies for me in 2020 in the next edition 🤩.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

How Good Leadership Can Impact Employees’ Innovative Behavior
Give Yourself a Gift: Reflection Time
Start the New Year with a simplification month
How tracking pixels work
Delivering on an architecture strategy
Organisation & Processes
Goldman Sachs Removed This One Word From Some Recruiting Materials—and Saw Female Hires Soar
Assess Quality, Don't Measure It
How to do an inclusivity check for the new year
Interesting tweets
A fun story behind the Santa tracker and how it came to be on Google.
I had an idea but I needed some help. So I reached out to an illustrator I found on Dribbble.

I asked him if he could work with me to create Santa's Village.

Since I didn't have a budget I offered him $1000 of my own money. It was all the money I had at the time.

This is a really lovely thread from @tobi (click through to expand) from a perspective of someone building a great business (in this case @Shopify) in a sustainable way.
Tobi Lutke 🌳🌲
I realize everyone's twitter feed looks different. But I'll go ahead and subtweet two conversations that I see going by right now: a) How the heck did Shopify get so big this decade and b) You have to work 80 hours a week to be successful.

Some sensible advice that balances out many other perspectives demanding 80+hour per week to be “successful”
Jason Fried
If your company requires you to work nights and weekends, your company is broken. This is a managerial problem, not your problem. This is a process problem, not a personal problem. This is an ownership problem, not an individual problem.
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