Taking a depth year is, in a way, sort of like taking a gap year. But rather than traveling the world and learning its ways, you take a year to just focus on the things that matter — and do all the things necessary to obtain that coveted sense of mastery.
ROWE (results only work environment) is a fantastic framework that needs to be adopted in places employing knowledge workers. You should be measuring the output of your workers, not the amount of time you can see them sitting in your office. I refuse to work in a place with such a cynical view of their employees. If you really think your employees will not be working if you cannot look over their shoulder to check, you have the wrong way of looking at the relationship with your employees (especially at a startup). You should be hiring people who are engaged by their work and believe in…
An average worker needs to work a mere 11 hours per week to produce as much as one working 40 hours per week in 1950. […] the average worker could have a 29-hour workweek if he were satisfied with producing as much as a 40-hour worker as recently as 1990.
Maybe to put some oxygen into the Task — phase: look into the idea of Do-o-cracy: somebody does the work because he of she feels like doing it, is attracted to doing it. Going beyond predefined roles and tasks this leads us back to the core of organizations and why people come together: to achieve things together, for each other or for a joint Goal, a shared Why.
If you’re white, even if you’re not an overt racist, even if you know in your heart that you don’t ever discriminate against people based on the color of their skin, you still benefit (through no choice of your own) from the way systems and institutions are set up to function in this country. This is what’s meant by the term white privilege. If the sound of that phrase makes you sigh, don’t worry. White privilege doesn’t mean what it sound…
In their 2016 Letter to Shareholders, Jeff Bezos revealed that decisions are sped up at Amazon by applying the “Disagree and Commit” principle. Stakeholders can express their disagreement and explain their reasoning behind it, which ensures that their viewpoints are fairly considered. But once a decision has been made, all of them have to commit to it.
I need your active participation. Do not disappear into deference. Yes, women need to lead this conversation. But fundamentally, misogyny is a problem for men to fix. It is homegrown amongst men, a problem of masculinity. Only women can know if solutions are working. But only men can enact them.