Zero-sum game / Juego de suma cero

A zero-sum game

Work-life balance is a term that has become ubiquitous in modern society. It represents the delicate equilibrium we try to achieve between our professional careers and our personal lives. Unfortunately, the prevailing notion is that success in one area requires sacrifice in the other, framing the issue as a zero-sum game. A zero-sum game is …

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memento mori

Memento mori

In Latin, Memento mori means “remember that you have to die”. It’s a reminder of the inevitability of death and the brevity of our time. As awful as it sounds, there is a powerful lesson behind it: our resources, starting with our time, are limited, and we should make the most of them. Limited resources …

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Self-sabotage / autosabotaje


This scenario may sound familiar. You have an important meeting to present your work to your colleagues and managers. You have been working on the presentation for days and still feel it is not good enough. After a sleepless night thinking about everything that could go wrong the next day, you beat yourself up for …

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Valor / Value


“Software is just a tool to help accomplish something for people – many programmers never understood that. Keep your eyes on the delivered value, and don’t over focus on the specifics of the tools”, wrote John Carmack on Twitter. For those of you who don’t know him, Carmack is an American computer programmer and video …

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Accountability / Corresponsabilidad


The definition of accountability is “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or account for one’s actions”. But that’s not all. Because we’re social animals, we tend to feel obligated to others: we’re accountable to others because it’s harder to make excuses when we’re in a relationship. A story In one of my courses at …

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Our value / nuestro valor

Our value

A few days ago, I was listening to America Ferrera in this TED Talk, explaining how she became aware of her value and her right to succeed as she was, after going through different experiences along her professional career as an actress. She made me think of how we people consider our value, and how …

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Collaboration / colaborar


This has been a tough year. Since the pandemic struck us, things had changed at many levels. In time, we have come to this new normal, which unfortunately seems like the old normal with more uncertainty. To make things worse, technology has changed the game for many of us, and it’s adding another layer of …

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