Issue #119, 6th March 2015

This Week's Favorite


How to Bring Your Organization Closer in 5 Minutes
5 minutes read.

I just love this concept by Noel Pullen and the team at Hootsuite, sharing knowledge and bringing the team together with internal unconferences. "A maximum of 5 talks, for 5 minutes each, in a session that lasts no longer than 55 minutes." -- keeping it short and light. Perfect. Need to steal this one.

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Culture


Made a New Phone Wallpaper to Try to Change My Habits.
1 minutes read.

Not the regular ha ha, but till an awesome way to start the weekend by remembering we need to let go of the phone and look around. My wife supports this message.

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On Collective Leadership
3 minutes read.

What can you do in order to scale your organization and truly empower your employees? WooThemes are moving around who's in-charge for leading and launching new releases. Can you apply this concept, even if in a different form, in your company?

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You Should Run Your Startup Like a Cult. Here's How.
5 minutes read.

The brilliant and controversial Peter Thiel, the founder of Paypal and Palantir, explains why he believes you need to build your company like a cult, and hire accordingly "You should be able to explain why your company is a unique match for him personally. And if you can’t do that, he’s probably not the right match." -- while you may not agree with his views, open your mind to the things you can still take from his unique perspective on business and culture. His book, From Zero to One is also highly recommended, the audio version made my commute to work pleasant and interesting.

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11 Company Culture Hacks Both Employees and Customers Will Love
8 minutes read.

While the title is a bit too much for my taste, I actually found a lot of great ideas inside. One of them for instance, is to give employees more equity and increase the vesting schedule for 5-6 years instead of the pretty common 4 years. There needs to be a way to increase the wealth of employees and better align them with the company's success. If you're tight on time, check out "Ditch the corner offices" and "Consciously choose to be positive every day".

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Peopleware


Work Yourself Out of Your Job to Accelerate Your Career
5 minutes read.

Really important read if you care about your career growth. Learning how to delegate and teach everything you know is one of the most undervalued skills out there, as it's easy to fall in love with the "hero syndrome" - people reach out to you so you could save the day. A few months pass and everyone around you are picking up new skills while you're busy handling immediate crisis. Don't mask urgency, don't mask knowledge. Teach. Build confidence in your ability to grow and master new skills. Wonderful read I recommend sharing with your teammates.

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Indecision and Decision
4 minutes read.

Michelle Sun shares some great observation from her career on making decisions. This one is golden - "Whenever possible, choose the decision that will challenge your fear (and build up faith)" - reminds me the motto by the team at Genius "Run Into The Spike". Being uncomfortable on a daily basis is a real struggle, but learning is exactly about that. Figuring out your path. Doing the things you normally wouldn't, just to see if you like it more or at least to see if there are interesting takeaways to learn from it.

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A Short Guide (And Resources) for Introverted Founders
5 minutes read.

I wish I had this post when I started my own company 4 years ago - "In my first company, I tried to act extroverted, because I thought that’s what good leaders did. It was exhausting and counter-productive." - great read for those of you who want to start a company at some point.

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Inspiring Tweets


@hnshah: Breaking People Down Without Constructively Helping Build Them Up Makes You an Asshole.

@mzyk83: All Problems Are People Problems. Most People Problems Are Empathy Problems.

- Oren

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