People-First Jobs

I’m working a little over the holidays, but my big focus for the past several weeks was put out into the world this past week. A super small team-within-a-team at Wildbit launched People First Jobs. What is it? Essentially, it’s a new kind of job board — one that is focused on helping people find jobs with companies that take a balanced approach to work. A backlash against the valley mentality and always-on hustle has been in full swing for a while. While there are still a lot of people idolizing the Gary V mentality, there are plenty more…

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15 Years

Eugene Federenko, my colleague from Wildbit and someone I admire very much, had his 15th anniversary with the company this week. That’s a crazy number in our current times. He took the time to share a few thoughts about the idea and it’s a great read. On what makes Wildbit such a great place: 15 years in the same company is rare, but tech companies that old are unicorns by themselves. Unlike traditional businesses, most of them come and go with a new wave of hype. Wildbit is product agnostic, privately owned, and built to be sustainable in…

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Collaborate with kindness: consider these etiquette tips in Slack

Matt Haughey shares some tips on how to use Slack in a manner more respectful of your team members. Things like: Use emoji, bulleted lists, and bold and italic text styling to make your titles and key points stand out in longer messages. This is especially useful for announcements or meeting recaps.That applies to any kind of digital communication, but sure. However, the more I read the article, the more it made something obvious: Slack, and other instant chat tools like it, are not the best way to communicate as a team by default. Consider this suggestion: You can…

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There are only 2 workplace distractions you need to worry about

The Wildbit team focused on focus for the month of June. We went through the exercise of being super mindful of our time with the goal of getting in 4 very focused hours of work each day. Before we started, I spent some time tweaking RescueTime so that it would automatically show my overall productivity and how much focus time I was getting. As part of that process, I subscribed to their email newsletter and quite enjoyed some of the articles they referred to. This was one of them. In this piece, they outline the difference between internal and external…

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Recovering entrepreneurs

My teammate Garrett Dimon shared some thoughts earlier this year on employment vs. self-employment. One part stuck out for me: Being self-employed is great. And it’s not so great. Like anything, there are tradeoffs. For you, the tradeoffs may be worth it. Or, they might not. Or, they may not be the right tradeoffs at this point in your life. Just don’t put self-employment on a pedestal. There are plenty of other options that are darn near self-employment without the burdens.There has been so much hustle and propaganda about “doing what you love” and life hacks and…

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Leadership hacks from Rands

I enjoy the more practical nature of these tips. Especially the advice to have three questions he wants answered from each meeting prepped ahead of time. If he can't come up with theee questions for a given meeting, the question then becomes, "Why is this on my calendar?" And on the lost art of punctuality: Two minutes early. For everything. This means I look at my calendar at the beginning of the day and account for transit time. This means I gracefully leave the prior meeting five minutes before the scheduled end. This means I profusely and honestly apologize for…

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