Transparent Culture Building: Why And How

Transparent Culture Building: Why And How

If transparency sounds like just another corporate buzzword, consider what happens on teams that don’t have it: silos grow and solidify, communication narrows, and efficiency slows. But what can you expect from a more transparent culture? And how do you go about building one? We cover both here.

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A Brief History Of Time Tracking (Why I Swore Off Single-Purpose Tools)

A Brief History Of Time Tracking (Why I Swore Off Single-Purpose Tools)

Why is time tracking such a mind-numbingly awful exercise in … awfulness? Here’s what I think: Most time tracking methods are doing it wrong. Timesheets, frustratingly complicated apps—the only value they deliver is in the form of a paycheck. Which sounds like enough, I know. I want more.

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Work Kinder, Part 4: How Leaders Can Help Grow An Empathetic Culture

Work Kinder, Part 4: How Leaders Can Help Grow An Empathetic Culture

Because managers are uniquely positioned to shape team culture through both everyday interactions and long-range choices, any move toward empathy will be more successful with intentional leadership. We’ve identified five things leaders can start doing right now to nurture empathy.

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3 Planning Tips to Help You Do More of What You Love

3 Planning Tips to Help You Do More of What You Love

Some things—like frying eggs, like planning your days—seem pretty self-explanatory but in fact yield far better results with the application of real technique. When it comes to day planning, we recommend a method that’s simple, easy to use, and helps you get more satisfaction out of your workday.

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Work Kinder, Part 3: How Everyone Can Help Grow An Empathetic Culture

Work Kinder, Part 3: How Everyone Can Help Grow An Empathetic Culture

Empathetic cultures don’t arise by default; they must be deliberately cultivated. And while leaders that value empathy give their teams a better chance of developing it, everyone plays a role in growing an empathetic culture. Here are five things we all can do to engender empathy in the workplace.

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Winning Ways To Give Feedback To Creatives

Winning Ways To Give Feedback To Creatives

The ways and contexts in which managers review creative work can reap great rewards or cause great harm. I've failed in this area enough that I'm now qualified to write (a little) about it. So here’s a baker's dozen of hard-learned lessons gleaned from 20 years observing and managing creatives.

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Get Free Of The Busyness Trap And Focus On Delivering Value

Get Free Of The Busyness Trap And Focus On Delivering Value

Confession: a packed schedule doesn’t just leave me feeling rushed; it also makes me feel important. Necessary. And in a world where busyness is the newest status symbol, I’m certainly not the only one. But it’s a trap, diminishing our ability to deliver real value. Fortunately, there’s a way out.

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Onboarding: Notes from a Remote-team Newbie, Part 4

Onboarding: Notes from a Remote-team Newbie, Part 4

Here's something I've noticed about working remotely: it blurs the line between work and home and, at least for me, creates cognitive dissonance in the process. My first instinct was to fortify that line. But the harder I tried, the more uncomfortable I got. Then one day the line dissolved altogether. And you know what? Work, home, everything—everything's better without it.

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Plan Your Day the Maker's Way: Why Creativity Needs (Some) Structure

Plan Your Day the Maker's Way: Why Creativity Needs (Some) Structure

Picture a day-planning tool of some kind. Imagine using it. Do you feel inspired? Or does the very thought dampen your creative fire? If you're like many makers, it might just be the latter. Now, what if we told you that—with the right approach—planning your days can actually aid your creativity? It's true. We'll explain how.

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