Remote Work: Extreme Edition

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In the latest episode of the Rework podcast, we place a long-distance phone call to Antarctica to chat with Kathrin Mallot, an astrophysicist who works at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in the South Pole. In this episode, Kathrin talks about preparing for a work assignment in a super remote part of the world; practicing self-care… keep reading

The Anti-Mentor

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A bad boss shapes our leadership style more than we realize. Who’s the worst boss you ever had? Your answer to this question matters. It influences your leadership style in more ways than you think. For myself, I can answer that question, “Who’s the worst boss you ever had?” almost immediately.

Permits of passion

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There are a lot of hoops to jump and obstacles to climb before starting a new business, but a lack of an all-burning passion for the pursuit shouldn’t be one of them. Yes, it’s easier to keep going when you like what you do, but it’s by no means a requirement to profess your love… keep reading

Finding a mentor

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People tend to look for mentors who are too far afield. A mentor who’s 20 or 30 years on in their career. I think this is misguided. I think most are far better off seeking mentorship from someone who’s just a little bit ahead of them. Someone who’s a year or so in front. Someone… keep reading

The mindset shift of a manager

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Becoming a new manager isn’t merely a change in what you do — it’s a change in how you think. Becoming a manager for the first time is deceptively difficult. No matter how many leadership books you’ve read or conversations you’ve had with mentors — the transition to becoming a manager is precarious. Talk to any leader, and they’ll affirm this. “I… keep reading

Basecamp turns 15

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Yesterday, February 5th, was Basecamp‘s 15th birthday. As a company we’ve been around for 20 years (we used to be called 37signals), but one random Thursday back in 2004 marked the beginning of Basecamp, the product. And we launched it right here in this post on this very blog, Signal vs. Noise. The blog looked… keep reading