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Sun Jan

New Art: Anklebiters

I drew each of these cards over the course of a couple nights. I used melted crayon for the dots, china marker for the dark bold colored lines, and pencil…

I drew each of these cards over the course of a couple nights. I used melted crayon for the dots, china marker for the dark bold colored lines, and pencil / pen for the interstitial lines.

Something that I find really cool is the fact that I listened to the song Anklebiters on repeat while I was making these, and at the time I had NOT seen the music video, but after watching it when embedding it in this post I see a TON of weird artistic similarities between the music video and these cards.

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Tue Jun

A Memorable “Welcome” Note for a New Employee

Just a nice feel good note left for a new employee reminding him/her that it’s ok to be a human instead of a productivity robot. I think everyone needs to…

New Manager Note

Just a nice feel good note left for a new employee reminding him/her that it’s ok to be a human instead of a productivity robot. I think everyone needs to take a break from reading their “10 Ways to be More Productive” articles in the morning, and read this instead.

 

It’s ok too..

  • Say “I Don’t Know”
  • Ask for more clarity
  • Stay at home when you feel ill
  • Say you don’t understand
  • Ask what acronyms stand for
  • Forget things
  • Introduce yourself
  • Depend on the team
  • Ask for help
  • Not know everything
  • Have quiet days
  • Have loud days, to talk, joke, and laugh
  • Put your headphones on
  • Say “No” when you’re too busy
  • Make mistakes
  • Sing
  • Sigh
  • Not check your email out of hours
  • Not check your email constantly during hours
  • Just Slack it
  • Walk over and ask someone face-to-face
  • Go somewhere else to concentrate
  • Offer feedback on other people’s work
  • Challenge things you’re not comfortable with
  • Say yes when anyone does a coffee run
  • Prefer tea
  • Snack
  • Have a messy desk
  • Have a tidy desk
  • Work how you like to work
  • Ask the management to fix it
  • Have off-days
  • Have days off

 

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Sun Jan

How to Create a Winning Digital Culture

Love this diagram from Boston Consulting Group. I’ve worked at a number of companies at this point, and every companies has its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to this…

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Love this diagram from Boston Consulting Group. I’ve worked at a number of companies at this point, and every companies has its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to this chart. Luckily I’ve had the chance to work at some digitally progressive companies that are willing to embrace many of the ideas on this chart.

Customer Centricity

I’ve worked at a lot of companies where there is a firewall between many employees and the customers they are trying to market to or develop for. I think it is critical that all employees of a company understand their customers, otherwise their is a fundamental shortcoming.

Experimentation

At HubSpot we did a daily standup as well as monthly science fairs. At XebiaLabs we were dedicated to experimenting with new tactics, and we had a very informal culture that allowed everyone to bring ideas to the table. In order to innovate you need to have a very informal and open culture that facilitates change.

Agility

when you speed things up, downsize teams, and hold people accountable they become more engaged and responsible. Startups are great at this; more established companies not so much. Perhaps this is why I always function a little bit better in the startup culture.

Collaboration

Not such a fan of gaming people to have to work together as suggested in the bonus structure, but I’m sure it helps glue a team together in a weird sort of way. I also don’t think firing is the right decision in 90% of situations, especially in the case of non-collaboration. Much of the time there is a reason why employees don’t collaborate. Perhaps they are overworked, perhaps they are angry about something completely unrelated to their team, or perhaps they simply don’t know how to work with their team effectively because there is a lack of structure.  Either way, consistently firing doesn’t sound like a good idea to me.

Continuous Innovation

Hack days, innovative side projects, and everything else here is great. Big supporter of innovation, and I think this ties in highly with experimentation.

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Mon Dec

Social Media Image Sizes

Finally someone came up with semi-complete documentation for this. It doesn’t help that these image sizes change every year, if not twice a year, but It baffles me that I…

Finally someone came up with semi-complete documentation for this. It doesn’t help that these image sizes change every year, if not twice a year, but It baffles me that I have to google this every time I want to generate a new cover image.

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