Andy Sparks / Hoo Boy / Archive

The fact that we don’t have an easy label to talk about 9,9 management is a disappointing commentary on our collective failure to believe in ourselves. I mean, we can shoot rockets into space and put people on a giant rock orbiting our planet, but build a company where people trust and respect each other while…

Dee advocated for spending half of your time on managing yourself. Even more shocking, Dee believed a great manager only spends 5% of their time managing their subordinates because they practice and preach the principle of exceptional self-management. So if self-management is so important, where does one start?

In 1972, Dr. Stephen Karpman published a paper titled “Fairy Tales and Script Drama Analysis.” His doc-speak-laden paper lays out a surprisingly simple and useful framework to help us untangle interpersonal conflict, now known as “The Drama Triangle.” Not long after, another psychologist, Dr. Murray Brown, coined…

Things happen, and then people come up with stories about those things—especially when they are missing information. Our interpretations—the meaning we make—color what we think Reality is. They can make someone a villain or a hero, but they’re often made up. If you’re feeling frustrated with yourself, someone else…

Every founder I work with will, at some point, express frustration that something isn’t right. Hiring isn’t happening fast enough. People building stuff that isn’t aligned with the vision the CEO has. You name it. And almost every time the issue lies with time management.

This newsletter has had a few names. First, it was Andy’s Newsletter. Then, it was Coach Class. Each had a slightly different theme. The consistent threads through both are (1) that I’ve missed writing and (2) that I just wanted to get started and skipped spending the time to determine whether these newsletters were …