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"Leadership. Highly Skillful Leadership." by Brian Sharp

Today, I'm very pleased to bring to you Brian Sharp. A veteran, high level, and extraordinarily competent project manager in the video game industry, most recently with Bungie before becoming self-employed on his own projects. He was in the top 1% of well-paid project managers, but more importantly -- he was effective and empathetic, getting the best out of his people, helping them develop, and marching towards achievement after achievement while keeping his team healthy, happy, and engaged.

The following interview is in line with the launch of his GiveGetWin deal, Elite Management & Leadership Coaching for People In Creative Industries.

"Leadership. Highly Skillful Leadership." by Brian Sharp, as told to Sebastian Marshall

Buddhist philosophy has a lot in common with how I tend to think. I find professional work within organizations is one of the best forms of ethical practice.

It's one of the few environments where you're constantly juggling diametrically opposed goals (or at least, goals that can seem to be diametrically opposed).

Systems, Hierarchies, Universes — Pt. 2 (In which the author tries to understand the way the world(s) work(s).)


I mentioned in my last post that systems (or, in the view of these posts, “universes”) might have things in common that have made them so successful. I asked the question “why do people—myself included—find these universes so interesting?” I don’t think that they “feel real” is a good enough, or complete enough, answer. There must be something more. When a universe seems to have the air of reality to it, there must be elements that approximate our reality, or there must be elements that lend themselves to human involvement, so that when we experience them, we willingly suspend our disbelief and accept a place as a native of that system.

But, this does not entirely explain why these universes work. There are some systems which ask the participants to not only suspend disbelief, but to get rid of it altogether. Religious systems—which I equate with the fictional universes, not because religions are fictional (that is a matter of one’s personal beliefs) but because they carry a somewhat arbitrary system of rules, histories, ideas—they ask their adherents to believe in something quite unlike the way life and its interactions exist in reality.

I believe there are certain meaningful criteria which one can use in order to compare these seemingly different universes:

Using these found criteria, I believe there are connections between the different, successful, universes.

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