Do you dare be the judge of quality?



Want to absolutely destroy your working relationship with someone? In an offhand remark, tell them that something they are proud of sucks.

I find motivation in working with great people in order to build great things. Most things aren’t great. We can follow Stephane Hessel or Cave Johnson and get mad. When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Demand to see life’s manager! You don’t want those damn lemons!

Or we can stop caring. Everything is meaningless after all, right, so why care? There’s no responsibility.

I want there to be a path between anger an apathy. Something constructive. Something that builds trust, shared sense of quality and shared intent.

I believe that’s possible by talking narrowly or indirectly about quality. What does that mean? It’s easier to describe it’s negative rule.

don’t lie about quality.

When you think something is bad but aren’t quite sure, keep your absolute judgment to yourself. And when you are absolutely sure, be narrow in your judgment. Be very precise in a problem you perceive. Or provide an explicit example of something bad that might happen downstream from the bad choice.

Do you dare be the judge of quality? Ask yourself twice before acting.