How to influence company culture

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“How do you actually influence company culture?” This is the big, hairy question I often get asked by CEOs, managers, and employees alike. The other week, I posed it at the end of my most recent piece, The Culture Cliché. In that piece, I shared how the fundamental, core element of culture are our basic… keep reading

Go Big or Go Home

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I’ve been in Y Combinator twice. I’ve been running my own businesses for over 12 years. So I’ve been around quite a few people who didn’t get the inflection point they wanted after trying to start the next ‘billion dollar company’, so packed it up, and quit the game. Does it really have to be… keep reading

Helpful Business Advice From Friends Of Highrise

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Photo by Toa Heftiba Should Small Companies Offer Online Classes and Demos? Alison Grove makes another appearance on the terrific podcast Support Ops talking about whether companies should offer online classes and demos. 10 Ways to Land High-Paying Gigs As A Freelancer Austin Church talks about how he turned a terrible thing of getting laid off into… keep reading

Cereal Day

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Something as small as breakfast cereal– yes, cereal — can improve employee engagement. Here’s why. The executive director of a prominent nonprofit called iMentor Chicago reached out to me the other week. Her name is Halleemah Nash. “A question I asked my team a few months ago really caught me off guard,” Nash shared with me. “I thought… keep reading

Message on a Bottle

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The famous Dr. Bronner’s label Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which bills itself as the top-selling natural soapmaker in North America, wasn’t founded to sell soap. The company was started to promote a religious philosophy developed by Dr. Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation German Jewish soapmaker, who printed his message on the labels of his potent peppermint… keep reading

Do Your Worst

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My daughter is taking swimming lessons. She’s three. It hasn’t been going well. Tears. Fear about putting her face in the water. Dread about going to the next class. I found myself telling her the age old wisdom of “Do Your Best”, but I’m curious if that isn’t very good advice at all… The Simpsons… keep reading

What’s new in Basecamp 3.6 on iOS

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This feature-packed release of Basecamp for iPhone and iPad is available in the App Store today. Here’s a look at what’s new. Improved attachments and sketching It all starts with a redesigned file picker. Tap the paperclip button anywhere in Basecamp to see clear buttons for each kind of thing you can attach. They’re all first-class — especially… keep reading

New Search and More in Basecamp 3!

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve told you about what we’ve been working on in Basecamp 3. The entire team has been plugging away at making it the best it can be. Here’s the latest features available for all Basecamp 3 accounts: Search Before, searching in Basecamp was a bit like making your bed… keep reading

Exciting! We’re launching The Watercooler

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An online community for leaders looking to become better “How do I become a better leader?” I’ve spent my entire working life trying to answer that question. The answer, unfortunately, has never been very clear. I found books to be one-sided, conferences require you to be there in-person, and mentors who I trust not always available (nor… keep reading

The Culture Cliché

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If you’re looking to shift your company culture, it starts with understanding what culture is in the first place. “Culture” has become the ultimate buzzword these days. Everyone wants to “improve their company culture.” I see the word frequently littered across the headlines of countless of articles, book titles, and conference talk topics. Leaders also seem… keep reading