Issue #5
#5: On new models of work, increasing our luck, and work/life integration
February 18, 2022

What's up, everybody?

Happy Friday - or Thursday, for some. (One of the things we love about this newsletter is that subscribers are all over the world.)

This week's nuggets have different bents to them -- the notion that we can actually "increase" our luck; the suggestion that we embrace "work/life integration"; and a striking, side-by-side comparison of the industrial, office-driven model of work, with the evolving post-Covid one.

On the one hand, they all fit under a tidy "future of work" umbrella. But to be honest, we struggle with that phrase, since so much of what's meant to be "coming" is already here. And the rest of it will be here sooner than we think. Which is why you'll often see a #NowOfWork tag from us, like the one we placed on these, below.

We hope you enjoy digesting the insights as much as we did finding them.

Thanks for reading. See you next week.

Aki & Usman


Our take: This strikes us as different from the "work/life balance" debate that's been going on for years, as to whether and how we can achieve balance. For Stella, the goal isn't balance -- she clearly believes that work and life are "inherently blended". She just wants us to embrace that reality, so we can update the norms and cultures we need to thrive in it.

Our question: Do you think it's time to throw in the towel on "balance", in favor of embracing how intertwined work and life are? Or is doing that premature, and finding a balance is actually the right goal?


Our take: Sure, there's a lot of software to be built, but we actually picked this nugget because of the graphic Aaron used. Just a really well-done, side-by-side comparison shows the stark contrasts between the two models of work, and the dimensions that they're comprised of.

Our question: Looking at the two lists in the graphic -- do you get more (or less?) excited about one or the other model of work?


Our take: This struck us as a form of saying: "The harder you work, the luckier you get."

What we liked about it though was the notion of "luck surface area". That phrase lends a sort of physicality and tangibility to engaging, interacting, and learning. To "getting out there" and "making contact". Which helps make the idea of being able to increase our luck that much more concrete, and plausible.

Our question: What are some of the ways we can increase our luck surface area? In a world in which we spend so much time online -- what does the digital equivalent of "engaging" look like?

Thanks for reading!

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