Matt Mullenweg on distributed work

Here’s a short video with Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic*. He talks a bit about lessons he’s learned in running a distributed company, and why he calls his workforce distributed rather than remote. These are his tips for physical companies interested in transitioning to distributed work: Document everything – so that key information like the reasons for decisions…

Invisible compromises

Why are our compromises so often invisible to others? We take a deep breath, struggle to assume the best, let go of a few things and then stretch out with all the patience and generosity and grace that we can muster to offer a compromise and meet them in the middle… … and nobody sees it. If only our families,…

Toolkit (v0.1)

My last post got me thinking again about the toolkit for making change and building a good future. What follows started out as the tail of that post but grew too long, so I’ve cut it off and put it here as a springboard to bounce off (or a wave to ride) later. So here are some tools… There are…

Peter Drucker on management as a discipline

If you can’t replicate something because you don’t understand it, then it really hasn’t been invented; it’s only been done. When I published The Practice of Management fifty years ago [in 1954], that book made it possible for people to learn how to manage, something that up until then only a few geniuses seemed to be able to do, and nobody could replicate…

Struggle

Honest love is born from the struggle / it’s lived in the valley as much as the hill Mark Stone I saw a young man driving a supercar in Vancouver – he was too young, I thought, to have earned it – and I thought “poor guy.” In giving him the world on the plate, I realised, his parents had…

Good starts

We think we see good starts all the time, but most of the time we see wrong. Most of the time what looks like a good start – of a work day, a career, a diet, a business, a life – most of the time what looks like a good start is a long way into the story, the business-end…

Move it on

We eat elephants of different shapes and sizes. But most of the time, doing most of the things that matter, we’re eating elephants: learning a new skill growing a friendship running a household recovering building an organisation bringing up children staying married serving a country paying off a mortgage writing a novel being a neighbour It’s easy to feel stuck…

Just in time (2): “I’ll just…”

There’s another kind of just in time. This is the kind when you lie to yourself: “I’ll just squeeze this extra thing in, and I’ll get there just in time.” Pro tip: things that start with “I’ll just…” cost more than you think. “I’ll just…” jobs usually end up taking longer, or they leave you dissatisfied because you didn’t do…

Just in time (1)

There’s a good sort of just in time. We plan something, know what needs to happen and how, know what we need to do it well, when, where and with whom. This kind of just in time feels great, with the right amount of tension for whatever it is we’re doing. Good training events feel tight like the skin of…

Byproduct

Tobi Lütke (@tobi) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shopify. In 2004, Tobi began building software to launch an online snowboard store called Snowdevil. It quickly became obvious that the software was more valuable than the snowboards, so Tobi and his founding team launched the Shopify platform in 2006. He has served as CEO since 2008 at the company’s headquarters…