⚡️🧠Impact = Environment x Skill

A framework for making big career decisions by @iambangaly (Reforge Partner, Former Instacart, Instagram)

Full post -> https://t.co/dU0l7e0BWR

🧵 Thread...

1/ Career decisions about your next role/opp are the most impactful decisions you might make in your career. As an operator, all of your eggs are in one basket at a time, and we get a limited number of swings at the plate. So getting good at these decisions is important...
2/ At FB, Bangaly managed Rotational PM's. At the end of a rotation, he'd have the same convo: How are you going to choose your next rotation/role?

As a result, Bangaly got a lot of reps guiding this type of decision and created a framework to help with it...
3/ The framework is Impact = Skills x Environment

The goal is not to try and boil this type of decision down to a spreadsheet of inputs that spits out the answer, but rather it helps with 4 things...
4/ It can help with:

- Identify individual variables that are inputs into the decision.
- Evaluate each individual variable in a structured way.
- Understand the relationship between each variable.
- Narrow the decision down to the most important variable

5/ This helps avoid mistakes like

- Choosing to work on the shiny object
- Thinking you just need to improve your skills to progress
- Short-term thinking
- Solving only for brand
- Mixing perception and truth
6/ Impact = Environment x Skills means:

a. Impact fuels career progression. It is the thing you need to solve for.
b. Impact is the product of Environment and Skills
c. If our skills are great, but the environment is wrong (or vice versa), then we aren't set up for success.
7/ Environment = Everything that enables you to do great work that is outside of your direct control. This breaks down into:

a. Your manager
b. Resources
c. Scope
d. Team
e. Compensation
f. Company culture
8/ Skills = things that are within your direct control that enable your success. This breaks down into:

a. Communication
b. Influence/Leadership
c. Strategic Thinking
d. Execution
9/ Bangaly likes to give each of these a score from 0 to 2.

0 = Major Bottleneck
1 = Neutral
2 = Major Amplifier

10/ Here is an example of what evaluating your Manager on this spectrum might look like...
11/ Here is another example of what evaluating Resources might look like...
12/ In all of these cases, Bangaly recommends after evaluating each variable, to do a few things:

a. Identify the variable that matters most
b. Evaluate your ability to change each variable
c. Understand the time horizon it will take to change each variable.
13/ Throughout all of this, Bangaly (@iambangaly ) has a few keys. The first is that the most important variable in the equations is your manager. Here is why...
14/ "A great manager can influence your scope, advocate for more resources, help you develop your skills, guide you to better execution, and more. So even in situations where other variables are low if your manager is a major amplifier (1.5 to 2) give them time to figure it out."
15/ Also "Great execution with poor communication limits your impact over time. You could be doing great work, but without great communication then it won't receive the attention that it deserves. Embrace that communication is more influential than the other skill variables."
16/ We are doing a @joinClubhouse event with @iambangaly, @JoannaLord, @AKGrenier and other Reforge EIR's on making big career decisions Wed night at 7:30pm PT

17/ Get the step-by-step framework from @iambangaly here -> https://t.co/dU0l7e0BWR

Or learn more from Bangaly as a Reforge Member -> https://t.co/uzfVcrSzOy

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The Curriculum of Vedic Education :
According to the Ancient Indian theory of education, the training of the mind & the process of thinking, are essential for the acquisition of knowledge.


Vedic Education System delivered outstanding results.  These were an outcome of the context in which it functioned.  Understanding them is critical in the revival of such a system in modern times. 
The Shanthi Mantra spells out the context of the Vedic Education System.

It says:

ॐ सह नाववतु ।
सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

“Aum. May we both (the guru and disciples) together be protected. May we both be nourished and enriched. May we both bring our hands together and work

with great energy, strength and enthusiasm from the space of powerfulness. May our study and learning together illuminate both with a sharp, absolute light of higher intelligence. So be it.”

The students started the recitation of the Vedic hymns in early hours of morning.

The chanting of Mantras had been evolved into the form of a fine art. Special attention was paid to the correct pronunciation of words, Pada or even letters. The Vedic knowledge was imparted by the Guru or the teacher to the pupil through regulated and prescribed pronunciation,
राम-रावण युद्ध समाप्त हो चुका था। जगत को त्रास देने वाला रावण अपने कुटुम्ब सहित नष्ट हो चुका था।श्रीराम का राज्याभिषेक हुआ और अयोध्या नरेश श्री राम के नेतृत्व में चारों दिशाओं में शन्ति थी।
अंगद को विदा करते समय राम रो पड़े थे ।हनुमान को विदा करने की शक्ति तो राम में थी ही नहीं ।

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ये सुनकर हनुमान आश्चर्यचकित रह गए और सीता माता के पास गए ।

माता से हनुमान ने पूछा,"माता आप अपने माथे पर सिन्दूर क्यों लगाती हैं।" यह सुनकर सीता माता बोलीं,"स्त्री अपने माथे पर सिन्दूर लगाती है तो उसके पति की आयु में वृद्धि होती है और वह स्वस्थ रहते हैं "। फिर हनुमान जी प्रभु राम के पास गए ।