The Bad News Advantage

Telling your employees the truth — even when it’s bad — makes you a better leader. Here’s why… Sharing bad news is a good thing. As a leader, you might not think it, at first. But it’s true. Leaders who are honest about the bad — just as much as the good — are better leaders.[…]

Take a Break

https://medium.com/media/bd37f860da512cb0baa513770395c425/href Smell ya later! We here at the Rework podcast are taking off the month of August. Before we left, we interviewed three business owners about sabbaticals. In this episode: Adeline Koh of Sabbatical Beauty shares the story of how she ended up starting a[…]

Close the loop

You can’t just make the call — you’ve got to explain it. Leadership is about making the call. Or, at least that’s what we seem to think. We seem to think leadership is about making the complex decision. As captain of the ship, you survey the seas — what your board is[…]

Happy Pacifists

https://medium.com/media/1a00439f45ef2b4bbc6a495b23359ad8/href Business rhetoric is rife with the language of war — there’s constant talk of conquering markets and dominating the competition. These tropes indicate a dangerous way of thinking that can have real consequences, intended or not, on human behavior. In this episode of the Rework podcast,[…]

Cereal Day

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[…]

The Culture Cliché

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,[…]

Opening the Rework Mailbag

https://medium.com/media/2844015a67734b92b39b75866f25ca21/href We have another Mailbag episode, where Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson answer listener questions. In this installment, they tackle questions about workplace communication and remote working. Alison Green of Ask A Manager, whom we featured in our previous episode, gives her advice on[…]