Category: Culture

  • Cultures that do feedback well end up with a huge competitive advantage.

    Without enabling ways to share actionable, direct feedback, it is very hard to build a culture of excellence and continually improve as professionals and teams. Cultures that do feedback will end up with a huge competitive advantage.

  • Premortem and taming overconfidence

    Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is probably the most impactful book I’ve read in the last decade. One of the topics Daniel Kahneman covers in the book is overconfidence. As humans, we tend to have an illusion of control, we believe that we know more than we actually do. We also tend to […]

  • Synchronous and Asynchronous Work

    In the era of distributed work, cultures that seamlessly integrate synchronous and asynchronous work will end up with a huge competitive advantage.  Here are a few ways to make that happen: 1. Interactions will end up falling into one of these buckets – synchronous (in-person/hybrid and remote) and asynchronous. Outline what interactions fit into each […]

  • Go back to first principles. Question everything

    Software companies have largely shifted to remote work in the last few months. A lot of what we thought was impossible in a remote setup is now the norm. The forced shift to remote work has upended age-old beliefs on work culture, what works and what doesn’t. This is the right time to go back […]

  • On Innovation

    Innovation is something most companies aspire to incorporate into everything they do, yet very few companies are successful. It is incredibly hard to predict where the next innovation will come from, but companies can build the right culture, platforms, and processes to increase their odds of innovating consistently.  As with most things, it all begins […]

  • On Hiring

    Hiring can make or break a company. Everything starts with hiring the right talent – the ability to build great products, teams, companies, build unique work cultures, and so much more.

  • Write, write and then write some more

    A culture that emphasizes this kind of asynchronous communication will enable happier, more productive teams. Teams that can do a lot more deep, meaningful work with fewer interruptions.

  • Deep work – your superpower at work

    In a distracted world filled with interruptions, it is becoming increasingly hard to do deep, thoughtful work. Open workspaces, email and chat software make it easy to collaborate, but also enable an always-on culture with an expectation to respond ASAP to all communication. Creating the environment, culture and processes to enable deep work can help companies differentiate and enable better work life balance for their employees.

  • Building a differentiated work culture

    Over the last few years, we’ve worked hard to build a work culture that is open, flat, fair and a culture that makes people feel good about themselves. In this post, I’ve tried to codify the key beliefs that have shaped our culture.