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James Pratt

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Ideas
August 22, 2016

The Rise of the 2-Day-Workweek

Amazon’s Part-time Experiment In a bold and innovative move this week, Amazon announced they are piloting a new initiative to build teams staffed with part-time workers. With increasing demand for technical workers and Amazon’s long hours culture, this might help…
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Guides
August 8, 2016

Part 6: 4 Different Perspectives On Culture

Complexity Company culture is much more complex than is often written about. For example, this Forbes article concludes that culture…
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Guides
July 25, 2016

Part 5: Culture Is What You Don’t Do. Your Taboos

We’re now at part 5 of our series on company culture. In this article, we continue the exploration of the…
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Guides
July 18, 2016

Part 4: Promotions Are The Key To Understanding Status

This is part 4 of our series on understanding company culture. Over the last 2 articles, we’ve looked at four…
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Guides
July 10, 2016

Part 3: Culture Creates Rituals

In part 2 of our series of articles on company culture, we explored language as the first cue for reading…
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Guides
July 4, 2016

Part 2: Language Reveals Company Culture

Language The First Clue In this article, I’ll begin introducing a framework for observing and understanding company culture, starting with…
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Guides
June 26, 2016

Part 1: Rome wasn’t built in a day – neither was your company culture

Company Culture Is Everywhere This is the first in a four-part series of articles on understanding and reading company culture. Part one, below, uses a trip to Rome as an example of the subtlety and complexity of culture. In future…
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Action
June 19, 2016

Management Essentials In 2016

Imagine if work was like this: Every year, you sit down with your manager and create a set of goals.…
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Action
June 13, 2016

Why Forced Distribution Performance Systems Don’t Work

I want you to consider two possible futures. In one future you get fired from your job. In the other future,…
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Action
June 6, 2016

Recruiting: How Not To Approach Candidates

The market for tech jobs in Seattle is hot. A few of my coaching clients are engineers who are actively pursuing…
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