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How Early Stage Employees Ask for Help


Take a deep breath. Say it with me now: “Everything is not business critical.” Repeat it until you believe it.

Now, how do you know what is business critical? Make a priority list by using three questions:

  1. What am I working on?
  2. What should I be working on?
  3. What…

The word failure is imperfect. Once we begin to transform it, it ceases to be that any longer. The term is always slipping off the edges of our vision, not simply because it’s hard to see without wincing, but because once we are ready to talk about it, we often call the event something else — a learning experience, a trial, a reinvention — no longer the static concept of failure.

Sarah Lewis on the gift of failure (via explore-blog)

(Source: explore-blog)


You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.

Anna Quindlen's Short Guide to a Happy Life – her fantastic cancelled Villanova commencement address on work, joy, and how to live rather than exist. (via explore-blog)

(Source: explore-blog)


Fear of failure is actually overrated as an excuse. Why? Because if you work for someone, then, more often than not, the actual cost of the failure is absorbed by the organization, not by you. If your product launch fails, they’re not going to fire you. The company will make a bit less money and will move on. What people are afraid of isn’t failure. It’s blame. Criticism.


to encourage people to attempt something they fear, you must provide rapid positive feedback that builds self-confidence. You achieve this by providing short-term, specific, easy, and low-stakes goals that specify the exact steps a person should take. Take complex tasks and make them simple; long tasks and make them short; vague tasks and make them specific; and high-stakes tasks and make them risk free.


If a company reliably assigns credit to deserving individuals and teams, the resulting belief that the system is fair and will honestly reward contributions will encourage employees to give their utmost. On the other hand, if credit is regularly misassigned, a sort of organizational cancer emerges, and individuals and teams won’t feel the drive to deliver their best because they won’t trust anyone will recognize it if they do.

The Importance of Giving Credit (via khuyi)

It is amazing how often companies and organizations neglect this very simple task.  More than money and benefits and titles and perks, what employees want more than anything is to feel that their work is valued and recognized by others.

(via marksbirch)

(via marksbirch)


Don’t ask “What’s the next big thing?” Ask “What’s the next big culture?”

—Alexis Madrigal (via re-brand)

(via peterspear)


Senior men have no monopoly on great ideas. Nor do creative people. Some of the best ideas come from account executives, researchers and others.

Encourage this; you need all the ideas you can get.

—David Ogilvy (via Daanish Siddiqui

(Source: amaninthemind, via hum4nbehavi0r)