Shame is a seldom discussed but real workplace monster. It’s the behemoth of destructive emotions. Different from guilt, which is feeling bad about something you did, shame is the feeling that you are unworthy because of something you are. Guilt can be reconciled through action, but shame? Shame feels insidious, permanent, and deeply rooted within us. And it loves to rear its head at startups. … read more
Words matter. What you say can affect how people perceive you. Ideally, the words you use will elevate you and motivate those around you. They should not soil you or your relationships. Viewing every conversation as an opportunity to create a positive impression or experience will help you be terrific.
If you are reading this — there is a good chance you have interviewed for a job. And I would bet my salary that you have had a lousy interview at least once if you have been working for five years or more. As candidates, we often think we are to blame, but more often than not it’s the startup and interviewer who has done us wrong.
Don’t get angry because I am calling out sports lovers, but the following seems to be true. Early stage companies attract those with an adventurous spirit. And those with an adventurous spirit are often drawn to the drama of sports. My experience is that startups are full of people who like sports and pick up jargon and halftime-speech and bring it to the office.
Say hello to our idea management software. It’s the first time that ideation has really been tightly integrated with product roadmap software. It helps you bring customers, employees, and other stakeholders to the innovation table — and you and they both benefit by spending more time together. You give them a voice and they tell you what matters. … read more
Mondays are for renewal and Fridays are for closing strong. They are the most important two days of the workweek. But here’s Wednesday and it’s no slouch sitting in between. Wednesday is for redemption because the week just got going but the end is in sight. And if you are a middle child, you might just say that it’s the glue that keeps everything together.
Your inbox is full. Before you’re able to respond to the first request from your boss, you already have another four of them. And by the time you get back to her on the first question, she’s already found the answer herself and replies with an email that just says, “Nevermind. I found it.” Sigh.
Customers are an oxymoron today. They are more knowable than ever before but harder to actually understand. Constantly on-the-go and hard to pin down, it’s more difficult than ever to engage them in a conversation. So, why do we keep using techniques from a decade ago to grab their attention?
I’m a closer. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’m a “goals first” guy and I generate lists that help me do my best. But I am also a guy who will run through walls to get the list done to get to the goal. And typically that pays off, but I have had to learn over the years to try not to run over people on my way to the flag. Now I try to break through and bring others with me. … read more
Aha! is now integrated with Atlassian HipChat to keep the entire team aligned and informed on product decisions in real-time. HipChat provides a group chat platform for agile teams, making it easy to keep distributed teams in sync and productive through real-time sharing of information. You can now automatically send all product planning and roadmapping activity from Aha! to HipChat through this integration.