The "Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule" Balancing Act

In 2009, Paul Graham (co-founder of YCombinator) wrote an article called Maker's schedule, Manager's schedule. In this post, he presented two different styles of working, which I've outlined below:The Maker's ScheduleThe maker's schedule is based around long periods of interrupted time that is spent working on difficult, cognitively demanding tasks. ...

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How asynchronous communication can make work better.

I’ve been working remotely for nearly six years and have been building Friday Feedback for the past three. A large portion of my career has been spent working outside of a traditional office setting; I frequently think about how fortunate I am to be able to do this (what a ...

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High Output Management: the best management book you will ever read.

I have a love-hate relationship with books on "management." The content typically falls into one of two buckets:They are written by leadership "gurus", who have never managed a team before.They are written by an executive, sharing highly-specific stories that may not be relevant to your situation.I've purchased over fifty books ...

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The Weekly CEO Update

As an organization grows, it can be difficult to communicate key principles and other important information as a leader. The reality is that organizational hierarchy can feel a bit like the game of telephone, leading to miscommunication and misalignment.In an effort to reduce miscommunication, many leaders will hold in-person town-hall ...

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Remote Team Meetings: an introduction 

I’ve had the unique opportunity to experience remote team meetings for organizations both large (150 people) and small (less than 10 people). While remote team meetings are similar to in-person meetings in many ways, they also differ in a few key areas. For a deeper dive into the communication challenges ...

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The best software for remote teams

It can be tough to stay connected as a remote team. While we love the benefits of working wherever you fancy, it can also be difficult to manage compared to conversations in person. It’s true that with in-person conversations, it’s much easier to pick up on a variety of cues ...

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Navigating Remote Work Communication Challenges

If you lead (or are part of) a distributed team, effective communication is the most important ingredient to your team's success. The reality is that remote communication presents some challenges that require thoughtful solutions.We've worked with and been a part of numerous distributed teams, so we've had a chance to ...

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Getting started with 1-1 meetings

At Friday Feedback, we’re huge fans of 1-1 meetings; we’ve written about them from the team leader’s perspective as well as the employee perspective. If you are responsible for the happiness/performance of a team and don’t have regular 1-1s, you are shooting yourself in the foot. Manager tools (a hugely ...

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One-on-Ones (A manager's guide)

One-on-ones are a fantastic way for managers, directors, and executives to build stronger teams. This simple process can help you build rapport, help uncover issues before they become a big deal, and build productive working relationships with your direct reports.This is the most comprehensive guide to one on ones on ...

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New Manager Tips: a guide for first-time leaders

Two months ago I became a new manager. I won’t profess to know everything, but I’ve learned a few things you may find helpful, especially if you’re a new manager. Let’s jump right in:FIRST MEETINGKick things off by having a meeting with your team. Share with them your expectations around ...

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