Michael Overell

Cofounder and CEO @RecruitLoop - the marketplace for Elastic Recruiting with expert recruiters and sourcers on-demand.

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Michael Overell

29 days ago

The Skill of Org Design

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Michael Overell

29 days ago

Riding a Bike in America Should Not Be This Dangerous

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Michael Overell

29 days ago

These findings offer some useful guidance to help you understand and influence your executives' motivation. Where do gaps typically emerge and what can you do to help close them?

Intrinsic motivators: CEOs create a gap here by imagining that senior executives are immune to the appeal of these factors. Everyone's needs differ--see below--but even highly experienced leaders can derive substantial satisfaction from a sense of achievement, recognition for those achievements, and opportunities for growth and advancement. It takes some creative thinking to design these factors into a more senior role, but a strategic People leader can help--and some well-timed celebrations can go a long way.
Extrinsic motivators: Senior executives command hefty compensation packages, but it's a mistake to assume that someone will remain satisfied with their comp, no matter how far you may have initially stretched to accommodate their requirements. Again, individual needs will differ, but the psychological process of hedonic adaptation means that we inevitably take improvements for granted--this is why salary and status are "hygiene factors" in Herzberg's framework. Even the most substantial increases eventually lose their ability to motivate, and the resulting gap between reality and expectations can be a major source of dissatisfaction. To be clear, I'm not suggesting that you simply defer to executives' wishes to keep them happy--that quickly becomes unsustainable. So be prepared to negotiate with them not only upon extending an offer, but also at regular intervals thereafter.
Individual variation: It's essential to have clarity on what each of your executives values most and the extent to which their needs are being met today. There are many reasons why a CEO shouldn't have too many direct reports, but this is among the most important. If you're managing too many executives, it's easy to lose touch with what motivates them as individuals and their respective levels of fulfillment and satisfaction. You may have to close that gap by shrinking or formalizing

Mind the Gap (On Leading Senior Executives)

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Michael Overell

36 days ago

Time With Family

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Michael Overell

36 days ago

The Skill of Org Design

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Michael Overell

139 days ago

Networking Advice on How to Become Insanely Well-Connected

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Michael Overell

285 days ago

Great article: fact based and clear.

tldr: climate change isn’t remotely the main cause of megafires. California needs more (controlled) burning.

California Megafires Are Solvable

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Michael Overell

366 days ago

Game On

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Michael Overell

377 days ago

1) All screens out of the bedroom before bedtime

2) No social media until high school

3) Work out a screen time budget in a way that helps children develop their own sense of agency and self-control.

3 Things Parents Need to Know Now About Kids and Tech

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Michael Overell

377 days ago

3 Things Parents Need to Know Now About Kids and Tech

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Michael Overell

408 days ago

On Supercities, Economic Growth, and Income Inequality in a Post-COVID World

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Michael Overell

420 days ago

Strong article full of disturbing stats and concrete steps that need to happen at scale.

In a typical year, more pre-schoolers are shot dead in America (about 75) than police officers are.

How to Reduce Shootings

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Michael Overell

428 days ago

1. Faster vaccines
2. Digital infra
3. Open peer review

3 Ways the Pandemic Has Made the World Better

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Michael Overell

442 days ago

Xi Jinping turned me into a China hawk

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Michael Overell

451 days ago

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Michael Overell

459 days ago

Paying for news

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Michael Overell

463 days ago

Long read; full of insight; recommended for anyone into tech strategy, platforms, and future of mobile.

Apple, Its Control Over the iPhone, and The Internet

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Michael Overell

470 days ago

Head-scratcher of an interview for what in other circumstances would be amusing satire.

How San Francisco Renamed Its Schools

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Michael Overell

505 days ago

Long, depressing reminder of what could have been.

The Plague Year

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Michael Overell

571 days ago

My $2.6 Billion Ecosystem Fail: an RJMetrics Post Mortem

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Michael Overell

573 days ago

The Building Blocks of Tech

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Michael Overell

574 days ago

Unlocking the Path to Negative Churn

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Michael Overell

588 days ago

How gaming could save distance learning

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Michael Overell

589 days ago

Ton of great links here for kids and adults alike.

100 free at-home learning resources and activities for kids of all ages

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Michael Overell

610 days ago

Geeking out on this topic while getting into Roam Research. Feel both late and super early to the bandwagon.

How To Take Smart Notes: 10 Principles to Revolutionize Your Note-Taking and Writing

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Michael Overell

612 days ago

Super helpful look at why California is burning (hint: not just climate change).

They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen?

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Michael Overell

616 days ago

Prepare for the worst? 2nd and 3rd order implications of any of these are genuinely frightening.

‘It’s 8 P.M. on Election Day.’ Experts Share Their Nightmare Scenarios.

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Michael Overell

616 days ago

Options, Not Roadmaps

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Michael Overell

617 days ago

Marc Andreessen On Productivity, Scheduling, Reading Habits, Work, and More

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Michael Overell

625 days ago

Who’s using and loving Roam Research, and what are your use cases?

This is one of the more practical guides I’ve found. Keen for more!

Superorganizers

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Michael Overell

632 days ago

California is Australia now.

Subtext: it could be much, much worse. Australian fires lasted months and blanketed capital cities in smoke for weeks on end.

California Has Australian Problems Now

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Michael Overell

633 days ago

Product feedback is a gift

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Michael Overell

643 days ago

This post took me back my formative education on tech/telco industries, studying regulatory strategy for Australia’s NBN deployment. Fascinating stuff.

Would breaking up 'big tech' work? What would?

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Michael Overell

671 days ago

This is exceptional: the rare combo of practical, actionable advice with broad relevance.

The Cadence: How to Operate a SaaS Startup

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Michael Overell

671 days ago

The Left is Now the Right

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Michael Overell

676 days ago

An Ethics Guide for Tech Gets Rewritten With Workers in Mind

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Michael Overell

679 days ago

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The Polymath Playbook

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Michael Overell

680 days ago

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Michael Overell

682 days ago

Slate Star Codex and Silicon Valley’s War Against the Media

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Michael Overell

693 days ago

Insane gun laws seem inextricably linked to police militarization.

“the assault-weapons ban tolled in 2004, pent-up demand among firearms enthusiasts for AR-15s and similar weapons caused consumer sales of military-style rifles to soar, creating another incentive for police departments to stock up. American police officers and American citizens were in a veritable arms race. Then came more mass shootings.”

Trump Didn’t ‘Send In the Troops.’ They Were Already There.

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Michael Overell

699 days ago

Innovation vs Optimization

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Michael Overell

700 days ago

The Most Famous Loop

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Michael Overell

700 days ago

Attack of the Clones: TikTok’s Rival Kuaishou Lands in the US

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Michael Overell

703 days ago

Great essay, covering growth / product / business strategy, platforms, and many loops.

Why Figma Wins

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Michael Overell

736 days ago

Disappointed to read this about my hometown uni. Problems seem to run deep.

I Criticized My University’s Ties to the Chinese Government. Now I Face Expulsion.

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Michael Overell

737 days ago

Why is the Modern World So Ugly? -

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Michael Overell

762 days ago

The clearest framing of potential scenarios I’ve seen. Recommended reading, and start testing!

COVID-19: What’s wrong with the models?

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Michael Overell

793 days ago

This seems like forever ago already

BlitzFail: How Not to Go Off the Rails

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Michael Overell

824 days ago

Emergency preparedness and prepping checklists for everyone

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Michael Overell

824 days ago

The a16z Marketplace 100: 2020

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