Craig Newmark on Leadership
Question: How would you describe your leadership style?
Newmark: Well, Jim Buckmaster runs Craigslist. I have some corporate governance responsibilities. But for the most part, my history, personally, has been one of delegation. When people help me realize that Jim was a much better manager and frankly that as a manager I kind of suck, I had to deal with that in a short amount of time, learn to give way to the right solution, which was making Jim CEO. And I do struggle now and then with the idea of when do I actually say something versus when I don’t interfere.
Question: What do you admire in other leaders?
Newmark: I guess what I most admire about leaders or would be leaders is their adherence to shared values and then their follow-through with that. The big shared value has to do with treating people like you want to be treated, which in a leader means things like listening to people and then following through. That’s increasingly tough in an organization depending on its size, because in an organization of any size, there’s usually a hierarchy and people tend to tell their boss what they want to hear, what the boss wants to hear. Then the boss tells his or her boss what she or he wants to hear and that means information gets degraded almost immediately, which means that the CEO or a president is getting a bad data and they wind up living in a bubble. So something that’s good to try in a company is to stay small so the lines of communication don’t have much opportunity to degrade. In big organizations, alternative means need to be found to get real good information to the person at the top. That’s why President Obama needs to hang on to his BlackBerry.
Craig Newmark explains the chain of command at Craigslist.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Is the appendix a useless organ, an immune system benefactor, a Parkinson's disease instigator, or all of the above?
- As far back as Darwin, scientists have thought the appendix was a vestigial organ, but opinions have changed in recent years.
- A new study found that the appendix houses Lewy bodies, abnormal protein deposits that contribute to Parkinson's disease.
- Researchers suggest an appendectomy may lower one's risk of Parkinson's, while other research suggests the appendix has important roles to play in our immune system.
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