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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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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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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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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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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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Action
May 30, 2016

Should You Be Facebook Friends With Your Team?

I was facilitating a Rookie Manager group recently, and the topic of being “Facebook Friends” with members of your team…
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Action
May 22, 2016

Work / Life Balance. Choose Wisely

Last week was the anniversary of the death of my mother, Gill, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.  Her…
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Ideas
May 16, 2016

Mental Illness 101 For Managers

I recently posed the question “Should a manager fire, tolerate or help difficult employees?”.  The article picked through the different ways that employees learn problem behaviors; from their current workplace, from previous workplaces, from life in general.  I included a…
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Ideas
May 2, 2016

The 4 Ways Employees Learn Problem Behaviors

In my recent article on the value of empathy as a manager, I mentioned the archetype of someone who is…
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Action
May 2, 2016

Doing A Re-org or Merger? Start With Culture

Activision recently completed its acquisition of King Digital, author of mobile gaming juggernaut Candy Crush Saga.  Activision spent $5.9bn and…
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Meditations
May 1, 2016

The Present Moment Is Right Here, Right Now

Living in the moment is often represented as a grand, wild or spontaneous endeavor. Riding a roller coaster, jumping out of…
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Ideas
April 24, 2016

Is Engagement The Right Metric?

Jacob Morgan, author of The Future Of Work and self-described futurist, publishes a weekly newsletter bringing together his articles, videos…
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April 24, 2016

Lily And My Empathy Breakthrough

Last week I published an article about the importance of a manager cultivating and showing empathy.  I send out articles…
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Ideas
April 17, 2016

Empathy Isn’t A Dirty Word For A Manager

TL;DR? Watch the 1 minute summary below.Many teams tolerate “brilliant but difficult” people.  I have little time for them.  I don’t see the point of having someone who can carry 20 gallons of water if they’re pushing over the people…
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April 17, 2016

The Danger Of Being An Accidental Coach

TL;DR? Watch the 1 minute summary below.A tech company CTO, Dinesh, recently asked me whether he should fire a product…
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