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299: Balancing Management and IC Work

June 5, 2019

This week, we answer a listener question about the balance of being both a manager and an individual contributor, which leads to some more existential conversation about sharing what we think we know and the fear of being wrong loudly in public. And as always, we share a couple cool things like a Marvel movie pitch and an addictive reality show (and Marshall shares the rough skeleton of his screenplay idea).


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Listener Question:

  • Q wants to know how to effectively balance being a manager and an individual contributor
  • Flow state is "the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity"
  • The Dunning-Kruger Effect is "a cognitive bias in which people mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is"
  • Audio: "Talk less, smile more" references a recurring line from the broadway musical Hamilton

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