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A question to clarify your role at work

👩‍💻 Today’s tip: Ask yourself, what would my replacement do?

The question comes from Dave Girouard, the CEO of the tech startup Upstart. He tells First Round Review that as a mental exercise, he thinks about what would happen if his board got together and fired him. “And they went out and found the very best CEO in the world, one who would just make me look like a fool. And if they bring her in and she starts at Upstart — what would she do differently than what I’m doing?”

How would someone with a clean slate and eyes wide open do your job? Where would they take it from here? Now go forth into your new, er, same job with that fresh clarity.

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