The more informed you are the more informed your decisions will be. To improve your decision making process embrace reality. Reality begins with observation. Become a student of observation.
To do your best work you’ll need to communicate with a diverse group of people. People want to understand you, so speak to be understood. The simpler your language the more accessible your words and thus ideas will be.
They may not know exactly what they want, but they’ll let you know what they like or don’t like about the status quo. Your job is to synthesize relevant solutions based on this input. Your biggest impact is going to be through helping others, so it makes sense you should get to know them.
Use a system to keep everyone in sync. The demands of the team will determine what that system looks like. The variables will include frequency, mode, and content. Default to a 15 minute daily stand-up covering everyone’s progress and any blockers.
Err on the side of living as a realist over an idealist. A realist pursues progress by embracing reality. Idealism will help you see the direction you want to go, but realism will get you there quicker. You’ll make most decisions on autopilot, so how you internalize the world will influence how you make most decisions.
Hire someone who is passionate to work with you towards shared goals. Skills are still important when hiring, but they are also teachable. Passion comes from within and is much harder to cultivate in others.
Embrace constraints. Find the value in working with what you’ve got. This will make you resourceful and quick to adapt in adverse conditions. It’s easy to appear successful in abundance, but that never lasts.