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  1. A CAREER PLAYBOOK

    1. Chapter 1 How to Win

      1. A System Thinker
      2. People Are Messy
      3. A System of Improvisation
      4. A Career Blueprint
      5. A Collection of Moments
    2. Chapter 2 A List of Three

      1. Technical Direction
      2. Growth
      3. Delivery
      4. Simplifying the Infinite
    3. Chapter 3 The Itch

      1. Are You Answering the Phone?
      2. Bright and Shiny
    4. Chapter 4 The Sanity Check

      1. Stalk Your Future Job
      2. Initial Tuning
      3. The Close
    5. Chapter 5 The Nerves

      1. Question Types
      2. The Answer Process
      3. The Confidence of Knowing a Thing
    6. Chapter 6 The Button

      1. Creatures and Structure
      2. Interview Creatures
      3. A Fresh Perspective
    7. Chapter 7 The Business

      1. You Are the Business
      2. Pre-Game
      3. The Swag
      4. Negotiating Roles
      5. Meh
  2. DECONSTRUCTING MANAGEMENT

    1. Chapter 8 The Culture Chart

      1. Ninety Days
      2. Bridge
      3. Detecting Culture
      4. Culture Definers
      5. Game Over
    2. Chapter 9 Managing Managers

      1. A Management Assessment
      2. The Essential Elements
      3. The Loop
    3. Chapter 10 The Issue with the Doof

      1. On Experience
      2. Up
      3. Partial Information
      4. Beware the Doof
      5. Everything
    4. Chapter 11 The Leaper

      1. On Excuses
      2. On Delivery
      3. Say Something Real
    5. Chapter 12 The Enemy

      1. Management Transformations
      2. The M Word
    6. Chapter 13 The Impossible

      1. A Hint of an Insane Plan
      2. Skin in the Game
      3. The Importance of Respect
      4. What He Really Wants
    7. Chapter 14 Knee Jerks

      1. One Eighth of a Second
      2. The Jerks
      3. Stages of Jerk
    8. Chapter 15 A Deep Breath

      1. Sigh
    9. Chapter 16 Gaming the System

      1. An Entertaining System
      2. The Whiteboard Game
    10. Chapter 17 Managing Werewolves

      1. A Dangerous Scenario
      2. People Lie, Some Are Evil, Others Just Want to Screw You
      3. This Isn't Role Playing; This Is Life or Death
      4. We Can't Let the Werewolves Win
    11. Chapter 18 BAB

      1. On the Topic of Trust
      2. The Second Staff Meeting
    12. Chapter 19 Your People

      1. Share What You Build
      2. You Tell Stories
    13. Chapter 20 Wanted

      1. The Requisition Situation
      2. Deliberate Want
      3. Hire for Your Career
    14. Chapter 21 The Toxic Paradox

      1. Big Fat Toxic Assumptions
      2. Go Team!
      3. A Toxic Paradox
      4. Everyone Is an Adjustment
    15. Chapter 22 The Pond

      1. The Unspoken Royal We
      2. Do You Mean It?
      3. Another Pond
  3. YOUR DAILY TOOLKIT

    1. Chapter 23 The Nerd Handbook

      1. Understanding Your Nerd
      2. Advanced Nerd Tweakage
      3. The Next High
    2. Chapter 24 The Taste of the Day

      1. The New Gig
      2. The Taste of the Day
    3. Chapter 25 The Trickle List

      1. Trickle Creation
      2. The Trickle Process
      3. Structured Improvisation
    4. Chapter 26 The Crisis and the Creative

      1. A Spectrum for Everything
      2. A Personal Model
    5. Chapter 27 The Foamy Rules for Rabid Tools

      1. The Foamy Rules
      2. An Evolving Foaminess
    6. Chapter 28 Up to Nothing

      1. An Essential Exercise in Inactivity
      2. Up to Nothing
      3. Don't Look for It
    7. Chapter 29 How to Not Throw Up

      1. Not Throwing Up Is a Two-Phase Process
      2. Fret
    8. Chapter 30 Out Loud

      1. Presentation or Speech?
      2. The Unforgivable Mistake
      3. The Disaster
      4. Reduction
      5. Presentation Punctuation
      6. Something for Their Pocket
    9. Chapter 31 Bits, Features, and Truth

      1. That Damned Triangle
      2. Let the Negotiation Begin; It's About the Debate
    10. Chapter 32 The Reveal

      1. Three Phases
      2. Three Alphas
      3. The Holy Shit Event Horizon
  4. YOUR NEXT GIG

    1. Chapter 33 The Screw-Me Scenario

      1. You Might Be Lying
      2. A Rubber Stamp Affair
      3. No Guilt, No Doubts, No Fear
      4. Game On
      5. The Unforgivable Spin
      6. A Screw-Me Detection Policy
    2. Chapter 34 No Surprises

      1. Show Me the Money
      2. The Permanence of the Written
    3. Chapter 35 A Deliberate Career

      1. Three Choices
      2. A Complete Opportunity Move
    4. Chapter 36 The Curse of the Silicon Valley

      1. Apprenticeship
      2. On Language
      3. The Curse
      4. Geeks Gone Mainstream
    5. Chapter 37 A Disclosure

      1. Management Is a Total Career Restart
      2. You Go to a Lot of Meetings
      3. You Are a Communication Hub
      4. Abstraction and Filtering
      5. You Will Be a Multilingual Translator
      6. Drama Everywhere
      7. Context Switcher
      8. Say No
      9. Say Yes
      10. Trust So You Can Scale
    6. Chapter 38 Mind the Gap

      1. The Gaps
      2. A Matter of Perspective
    7. Chapter 39 The Exodus

      1. This Sucks
      2. Which Wave?
    8. Chapter 40 Bad News About Your Bright Future

      1. What's Next
      2. Biased by the Now
      3. An Uncomfortable Ending
    9. Appendix Hurry

      1. You're in a Hurry
    10. Appendix The Rules of Back Alley Bridge

      1. Preparing for Back Alley Bridge
      2. Rules of Play
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