The Handbook:

teams, reframing, federation, & investment

teams:

1. Get people together in teams.
2. Decide what you want from your work.
3. Agree on big ambitious goals!
4. Have the guts to own your vision.
5. “Do what you can with what you have.”
6. Planning
7. Do what you want to do.
8. Only do actions you’re great at, which also excite you.
9. Let your coworkers do actions they’re great at and also excited by.
10. If one person isn’t responsible for a specific thing, no one is responsible.
11. Ten ways people micromanage without realizing it:
12. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
13. Ready, fire, aim!
14. Guys like sports metaphors.
15. Start together, huddle at halftime, finish together.
16. List agreed-upon action items.
17. Finish what you start.
18. Teams work together in the same space.
19. Work alone on your own team if you want to.
20. Everyone on a team does hands-on work.
21. Celebrate jobs well done.
 

reframing:

22. When you want to improve the bottom-line profits, do what it takes to measure bottom-line profits.
23. What you measure is what you get.
24. Mentor.
25. Let others lead with you.
26. Problems in “communication” are problems of responsibility.
27. Start company change with someone who feels responsible.
28. Talk to everyone as if he or she is a regular person, just like you.
29. Bond with extraverts one-on-one. Bond with introverts in groups.
30. A “needs analysis” at a company means figuring out where the group is headed and what the group wants.
31. Ask for advice.
32. Read the writing on the walls.
33. Seek out trouble early on.
34. Don’t blame, and if you do, never say “they.”
35. For a good relationship with another person:
36. Turn blame and hurt into play.
37. “Beyond our comfort zone is terror.
38. Work together to fix problems.
39. Don’t let obstacles come between you.
40. Find ways that your coworkers can be heroes.
41. Visual/auditory/kinesthetic learners
42. A shortcut to personality types
43. The organizational life cycle
44. Love.
45. Put yourself in their shoes.
46. What we draw a box around becomes what we see.
47. To control others without their awareness, frame irrelevant choices.
48. Influence
 

federation:

49. Draw relationships as your street map to show you who to go to.
50. Redesign responsibility traffic-jams.
51. Align your interests.
52. Back off.
53. Discover your differences to agree and transform scarcity into abundance!
54. Government is for doing what individuals can’t do on their own.
55. How many coworkers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
56. If you can’t solve your problems on your own, bring in more people who are affected by the problem.
57. Partner up for broader perspective and resources.
58. Limit your group size.
59. Divide to agree.
60. Grow the structure to fit what’s inside and keep one step ahead.
61. Coordinate teams.
62. Inspired coworkers can start their own teams.
63. “What is true of every member of the society individually, is true of them all collectively, since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of individuals.”
64. Choose your representatives.
65. Give representatives term limits.
66. Proxies give you a voice when you’re out of the room.
67. Would you rather talk about it or do something?
68. Different ways for groups to agree.
69. To represent many people, have many small groups, each with its own jurisdiction.
70. Of the 365 days in a year, 100 are weekends.
71. What makes many smarter than a few
72. Stop discrimination.
73. Put big issues to a popular vote.
74. Amendments keep a Constitution alive and fresh.
75. Representatives work together in departments which have clear and distinct responsibilities.
76. Representative departments can limit each other’s actions.
77. Departments can limit the central office.
78. Divide and prosper.
79. Independent “action teams” take initiative.
80. Kick screwups out of office.
81. Interpersonal rules
 

investment:

82. Use five core concerns to build better relationships.
83. “Be the change you want to see.”
84. Form new habits through regular behavior.
85. Juries solve disagreements and also educate the jurors about how the company works.
86. Everyone has desires and traits you haven’t yet seen.
87. Don’t kill the things you love.
88. “2% of a million dollars is better than 100% of nothing.”
89. Free speech.
90. Go public with your reputation at work.
91. Let people literally invest in your personal reputation.
92. “Everything secret degenerates… nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.”
93. Make information clearly available to coworkers about what each department is doing and why it’s being done that way.
94. Departments choose when to buy from other departments within your company.
95. Make your company a home base where coworkers can develop and sell their services, and their department’s services, to other buyers, inside and outside your company.
96. The company’s general accounting office becomes the bank.
97. People need to follow the rules they make.
98. Compensate representatives for being in office, but don’t give them too much control.
100. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
101. Choice + commitment = freedom.

Laws of the town Eshnunna

Written and used by the people of Eshnunna: 1800 BC.

Commentary and source:

The Constitution:

The Heading

…. on the 21st day …. of Ellil, the … god …. the kingship of Eshunna …. so that into his father-house …. (and when) Supur-Samas …. across the Tigris … (same) one year were seized with mighty (force of) weapon.

Section 1

  • 1 kor barley for 1 shekel silver
  • 3 qa rustum oil for 1 shekel silver
  • 1 seah (and) 2 qa sesame oil for 1 shekel silver
  • 1 seah (and) 5 qa lard for 1 shekel silver
  • 4 seah “river oil” for 1 shekel silver
  • 6 minas wool for 1 shekel silver
  • 2 kor salt for 1 shekel silver
  • 1 kor potash for 1 shekel silver
  • 3 minas copper for 1 shekel silver
  • 2 minas wrought copper for 1 shekel silver

Section 2

  • 1 qa sesame oil sa nishatim 3 seah (is) its barley
  • 1 qa lard sa nishatim 2 seah (and) 5 qa (is) its barley
  • 1 qa “river oil” sa nishatim 8 qa (is) its barley

Section 3
A wagon together with its oxen and its driver: 1 pan (and) 4 seah barley (is) its hire. If silver — 1/3 shekel (is) its hire. All the day he may drive it.

Section 4
The hire of a boat (per) 1 kor (of capacity, is) 2 qa, and … qa (is) the hire of the boatman. All the day he may drive it.

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Section 6
If a man ina nullani seized a boat (which was) not his — 10 shekels silver he shall weigh out.

Section 7
2 seah barley (is) the hire of a harvester. If silver — 12 grains (is) his hire.

Section 8
1 seah barley (is) the hire of a winnower.

Section 9
Should a man give 1 shekel silver for harvesting to a hired man; if he (the worker) was not ready for him, and did not at all harvest for him the harvesting — 10 shekels silver he shall weigh out.

Section 9A
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Section 10
1 seah barley (is) the hire of a donkey, and 1 seah barley (is) the hire of its driver. All the day he shall drive it.

Section 11
The hire of a hired man (is) 1 shekel silver; 1 pan barley (is) his provender. One month he shall serve.

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Section 15
From the hands of a slave or of a slave woman a tamkarum or a sabitum silver, barley, wool, sesame oil adi mad/tim shall not receive.

Section 16
A coparcener son of a man, or a slave, shall not be given credit.

Section 17/18
Should a son of a man bring bride payment to the house of his father-in-law:

(i) if of the two one went to the fate, the silver to its owner indeed shall return;

(ii) if he took her and she entered to his house, (and) either the groom or the bride went to the fate, whatever (one) has brought, (one) will not cause to go forth; its excess only (one) will take.

Section 18A
1 shekel — one sixth and 6 grains interest will bear; 1 kor — 1 (pan and) 4 seah of barley interest will bear.

Section 19
A man, who will give for its equivalent, at the threshing floor will collect.

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Section 25
If a man claimed (his bride) at the house of his father-in-law, but his father-in-law wronged him and gave his daughter to [another] — the father of the daughter the bride payment he received shall twofold return.

Section 26
If a man brought bride payment for a man’s daughter, but another without asking her father and/or her mother, forcibly seized her and deflowered her — (it is) a case of life indeed; he shall die.

Section 27/28
If a man took a man’s daughter without asking her father and/or her mother: –

(i) and also (subsequently) did not fix marriage feast and?/or? contract for her father and/or her mother, — should she (even) dwell in his house the days of one year, (she is) not “a wife”.

(ii) If he (subsequently) fixed contract and?/or? marriage feast for her father and/or her mother and took her, (she is) “a wife”. The day in the lap of a man she will be seized, (one) shall die, shall not live.

Section 29
If a man has been [made prisoner] during a raid or an invasion, or has been carried off forcibly, (and) [dwelt] in another land for a l[ong] time, another indeed took his wife and she bore a son: whenever he returns, his wife he may [take back].

Section 30
If a man hated his city and his master and fled, another indeed took his wife: — whenever he returns, to his wife he shall have no claim.

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Section 34/35
If a slave woman of the palace her son or her daughter gave to a subject for upbringing, the son or the daughter whom she gave the palace will take away; and the taker, who took the son of the slave woman of the palace, his equivalent to the palace shall replace.

Section 36/37
If a man gave his goods to be held, and the naptarum who holds them causes the goods to be lost — the house not having been broken into, the threshold not having been scraped off, the window not having been torn out — the naptarum shall replace the goods to the man. If the napatarum‘s house was plundered, loss of the owner of the house was incurred — the owner of the house shall in the house (in the gate) of Tispak swear to the man by god: “Together with thy goods my goods were (verily) lost, I have not done evil and fraud.” He shall swear to him, and nothing upon him he shall have.

Section 38
If one of the brothers will sell his share, and his brother wishes to buy, the average (price) of another he shall pay in full.

Section 39
If a man become impoverished and sold his house — the day the buyer will sell, the owner of the house may redeem.

Section 40
If a man bought a slave, a slave woman, an ox, or (any other) purchase, however much it be, and has not established the seller — he himself is the thief.

Section 41
If an ubarum, a naptarum, or a mudum will give his beer, the sabitum at the current rate the beer to him shall sell.

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