The Year Without Pants

WordPress.com and future of work by Scot Berkun was a good read – giving ideas how and where remote work can be applied and successfully used:

WordPress Culture:

  • Transparency: All discussions, decisions, and internal debates in the wordpress community are public, little is hidden. The spirit is that you weren’t willing to say something in front of your community, how much conviction could you have in it anyway?
  • Meritocracy: Those who put in more time and made better contributions received respect. Authority was earned not granted. There were few job titles and designations. People who merely complained were given less respect than people who made or fixed things
  • Longevity: Opens source as much as possible to make it eternal and contributive to society

WordPress Offer Letter:

I’ll never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me. I know there’s no such thing as a status quo. I’ll build our business sustainably through passionate and loyal customers, I’ll never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. II;’m more motivated by impact than money, and I knew that Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. I’ll communicate as much as possible, because it’s the oxygen of a distributed company. I’m in a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how far away the goal is, the only way to get there is by putting one foot in front of another every day. Given time, there is no problem that’s insurmountable

Distributed company culture:

A central element of this type of company was results first. Quality of work should be the primary measure. You could work from anywhere or in co-working spaces. These spaces provide  a comfortable middle ground, retaining employee autonomy but giving people a social setting to work in.

If work was mentioned in the classic, Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder noticed that Data General’s efforts to hire people with strong internal motivations changed things: Labor was no longer coerced. Labor Volunteered. When you signed up you inn effect declared, ‘I want to do this job and I’ll give my heart and soul”. Get a T-shaped employee with sufficient breadth and depth – a deep skill set and wide range of moderate proficiencies – masters of one craft and skilled in many.

Real Artists Ship

Steve Jobs once emphasized Shipping is important than Artistry – to rally his team to deliver first. Merely shipping something doesn’t make you an artist. However, the only way the world learns of what makers makes, whether it’s art or trash, si when they’re brave enough to say it’s done and put it out onto the world.

Why laughter is important And How a company get’s its culture as such from Top?

Laughter leads to running jokes, and running jokes lead to a shared history, and a shared history is culture. What is a friend, a brother, or sister, or a partner but someone you share important stories with? Families, tribes, and teams all function in similar ways, building bonds, through rites of passages and shared experiences. While cultures form organically. someone has to be the instigator and get things in motion, reinforcing the good and reducing the bad. If you ever wonder about why a family or company is the way it is, always look up first. The culture in any organizations is shaped by the powerful person in the room. If at your job, people yell at each other often, the reason it happens is that the most powerful person in the room lets it happen. he or she hired a person who’s yelling – and failed to interrupt that person or pull him aside for feedback about that behavior. If powerful person choose to act, it could stop, even if the choice had to be firing the offender. What that person does shapes the culture.

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