Friday Links 07-10-04

From the Web

How to criticize without being a jerk – Another useful article from Leo of ZenHabits, this time about how to give kind criticism. When I wrote my article about how to get honest feedback, many people took that as a sign that I approved of giving brutal honesty to others.

I strive to get honesty, but that doesn’t give me a license to insult and diminish everyone I have suggestions for. I think it’s important to face honesty yourself, but be understanding that some people have more fragile egos to protect. This article does a good job explaining how to do that.

Slacker Manager – Another workplace/productivity blog. I’m friends with some of the writers on the site, so I can say there is definitely some smart people behind the text.

From the Archives

Energy VS Time – This article compares the differences between time and energy management. The former being the traditional perspective where the most efficient option is where every second you are working. The latter takes a broader stance and sees how the energy you have makes a bigger impact than the time you invest.

From the Shelf

The Fountainhead – I’ve been chewing through this book slowly over the past few weeks as I’ve been trying to read more of the classics. It’s a long book (>700 pages in large pages and small font) but a good one. Later I’ll try to post more thoughts as I come across them.

  • Michael

    The Fountainhead was a great read. The story was gripping and Rand’s message wasn’t thrown at you the entire story (until the one monologue). I’m hoping to read Atlas Shrugged soon, as most people consider it better.

  • Jean Browman–Cheerful Monk

    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on The Fountainhead. I have trouble with eyestrain, so I will have to rely of good critiques.

    Thanks for the useful links.

  • Phil Gerbyshak

    Thanks for the Slacker Manager shout-out. I’m glad you find it useful.

    I enjoyed your article about feedback. Honesty is good; brutal honesty is bad. Like medicine though, sometimes it’s necessary. The key is the dosage.