Getting over disagreements

Whenever there is a disagreement between a person and a decision being made, I think of two things: either that person is right, and everyone else is a fool or the person is wrong, and they are blocking the business from moving forward.

In both cases, there is a similar risk and reward imbalance. There is a high risk for the business if everyone is wrong (and little reward for the individual), and there is risk in blocking the business from moving forward and no reward for the individual if they are wrong.

Effectively, decision disagreements are deadlocks. How can you move forward, then, if you find yourself in the disagreeing seat?

Assuming the decision-making process was sound (e.g., involved the right people, the process itself was documented, etc.), the key is to become conscious that you are part of a bigger machine and that it’s mainly your ego running the internal monologue. In the words of Andy Grove,

“an organization does not live by its members agreeing with one another at all times about everything. It lives instead by people committing to support the decisions and the moves of the business.”

Andy Grove

If you notice that you have strong feelings about a decision you disagree with, you should get over your feelings if the majority agrees with whatever decision is being made, for a simple reason: worst case scenario is you were wrong, your ego is slightly bruised, and you get to learn from being wrong.

Best case scenario, you get to say, “I told you so.”

You win whatever the outcome is.

Fixing Sidekick for Apple Mail on OSX El Capitain and later

Update: the below no longer works (as of ~2018?) given the Sidekick rebrand (to Hubspot Sales) and Apple Mail’s plugin lockdown.

Sidekick is one of the best mail¬†utilities out there.¬†Especially on OSX, combining the power of Apple Mail, and the possibility to track your email opens, it’s one of my favorite apps.

Unfortunately, the Hubspot team dropped support for Sidekick for Apple Mail, starting at OSX El Capitain. That said, the current app only does support OSX 10.11.0; Sidekick will cease to work if you update to OSX 10.11.1 or later (10.12 as of the time of this writing update, on the stable channel.)

The video below explains exactly the steps to take to reactivate Sidekick for Apple Mail. Tested on OSX 10.11.0, 10.11.1, 10.11.2, 10.11.3, 10.11.4 (respectively Apple Mail version 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, and 9.4.)

For MacOS 10.12 / Sierra, read the update below.

PS: If you’re into the technical details, below the video is a brief explanation.

The SupportedPluginCompatibilityUUIDs key in the Sidekick Info.plist file, is sort of a manifest for the plugin, declaring itself compatible to Apple Mail client UUIDs (Universally Unique Identifiers.)

What we did was simply get the¬†system’s current Apple Mail’s UUID (from /Applications/, and add it to that list!


Sidekick removed the download section of their¬†Apple Mail’s plugin, but here’s a¬†direct download link:¬†¬†(no longer works);¬†

“Login URL is invalid” error

If you get the “Login URL is invalid” while logging in using your Google account, try to set a password for your account, and login via your email/password (creating a new email/password¬†account is the easiest way to do so.) — Restart Mail after you do this.

Thanks to Jonathan Wizman and Vinny Troia for pointing this out.

Update: OS Sierra

Thanks Spike for the suggestion and Elijah for testing.

On MacOS Sierra, you should ALSO replace the SupportedPluginCompatibilityUUIDs key (inside Info.plist) with Supported10.12PluginCompatibilityUUIDs. And Voilà!


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