The decision maker and the executor operates with different cognitive models.
The decision maker
The decision maker operates within an environment of incomplete information. He takes in conflicting signals from the environment to figure out the underlying Markov Chain that holds his environment altogether.
A successful decision marker minimizes the price paid for knowledge of each section of the Markov Chain.
Each success unlocks more resources that could be redeployed to this activity.
Inner fortitude is the primary trait required to navigate the high failure rate inherent to the nature of this activity.
Perpetuate accumulation of mental models from different domains reduces taken to form judgement while increasing overall batting average.
The executor operates within an environment that has been made predictable by the activities of the decision maker.
He is predisposed towards systems, structures and processes. A successful executor measures and optimizes with the goal of increasing yield from a well defined process while minimizing costs.
Disciplined consistency is the primary trait required to ensure continued excellence in this repetitive activity.
A strong decision maker profile with a weak executor profile will feel repressed/bored when forced to operate as an executor in a structured environment.
An strong executor profile with a weak decision maker profile will feel overwhelmed when required to operate within an unstructured environment.
While sending a personal email to each individual user who directly uses our API just now, it occurred to me the main difference between talking with someone you have relationship with (like your mum/girlfriend/wife…?) versus simply doing a mass email blast to a group of “strangers”, is the potential lack of warmth and empathy in the latter on the sender’s side.
No one really likes being treated like a number on a Excel sheet. It sucks.
The key challenge becomes how do you scale your communication as the amount of people you need to communicate with increases without alienating them. Or does it even matter?
There are two types of communication observed. One that is very deliberate with the goal of effecting a very tangible outcome in an environment. The second runs on auto-pilot, with no constructive goals intended, driven purely by the hedonistic urge need to “feel” good, examples of which are bragging, angry out bursts and complaining.
For effective utilization of limited resources, cultivate type 1 behavior and stem out type 2 behavior.
On human resourcing
As with finding product market fit, the process of finding the right people for specific slots in the machinery requires persistent experimentation.
On personal psychology
To learn to be at ease with ambiguity . Sometimes it’s more beneficial to leave specific without well defined rules.
To think of forthcoming phenomena in terms of probability and allocate necessary resources as according.
Machina, Sebastian Marshals
Thinking in bets, Duke Annie
How to live a good life, William Irving
What got you here won’t get you there, Marshall Goldsmith