2023 W02 Weekly Review

Updates on my newsletter, my personal experiences and my contribution to my work.

The biggest update this week: This weekly review!

I decided I'm going to try out doing a weekly review...and doing it in public!


  • Enchanted Princess Ball. Friday night of last week (2023 W01) I took Elizabeth to an "Enchanted Princess Ball" at the Glen Eyrie
  • Climbed 2 days, 20+ routes. It was a good week for climbing. I onsited (first climb, no tips) my first 5.10b that's all slopers which was exciting.
  • Completed 100% of my Calisthentics exercises for the week. I'm leveling up all of my exercises next week.
  • Lego Treehouse. I finished my LEGO Treehouse


  • Interviewed design candidates.
  • Refined Decisionbot in private channels and group DMs. I've been working on a Slack integration called Decisionbot atMurmur Labs but we've mostly been handling public channels. Now it handles private channels
  • Implemented PostHog in all of our digital products. We're using PostHog atMurmur Labs to get better insights into our Marketing site visitors (hosted with Webflow), the Murmur app and Decisionbot.


Newsletter Update

I struggled to put hands to keyboards on the newsletter I wanted to start writing.

This public weekly review is a less scary, more gentle way for me to ease into thinking about a newsletter.

There were a few things I noticed at play:

  • I was afraid of what people would think if my first issue wasn't "perfect".
  • I was not excited about the idea (the craft behind how people make things).

I'm going to explore a different topic in the meantime.

New and Updated Topic Notes

Other Interesting Reading

Why aligned autonomy is an ongoing struggle

Aaron Dignan shared this with theMurmur Labs team. This problem of aligned autonomy is at the root of trying to get a Startup off the ground.

Autonomy, in a workplace context, is not about β€œI can do whatever I feel like” but rather β€œI feel free to act and fully engage to achieve a greater purpose.”

I think the critical misunderstanding of autonomy isn't just "free to act and fully engage to achieve a greater purpose", it's also that I have to do it within my abilities, skills and decision rights.

I hold roles within the organization and those roles inform the way I contribute in my "freedom to act".

When I learned to focus on my role to serve the purpose, it enabled me to move the needle.

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