The hottest Workplace dynamics Substack posts right now

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The Beautiful Mess • 869 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. Humans shape environments, and environments shape humans -- there's no dichotomy. This insight helps in understanding complexity and progress.
  2. Self-awareness and understanding others' beliefs are crucial at work -- it minimizes clashes and can lead to better teamwork and company growth.
  3. Seek coherence across different areas of work -- aligning various frames and systems is essential for company success.
The Beautiful Mess • 528 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Skilled pragmatists in companies can represent a major opportunity for improvement. They are reliable and capable but may not go above and beyond due to skepticism about the value of extra effort.
  2. When trying to improve behaviors in a team, it is crucial to be specific about the desired actions and outcomes. Vague terms like 'drive' or 'passion' can lead to misunderstandings.
  3. Listening to individuals in different categories can provide valuable insights for understanding motivations and barriers to certain behaviors in a team. Embracing diversity in perspectives is key to achieving more together.
Tech and Tea • 279 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. Career history interviews provide valuable insights into a candidate's learning capacity, adaptability, and mindset over time, beyond just current abilities.
  2. In a career history interview, ask structured questions for each job/project to understand achievements, challenges faced, relationships, and reasons for leaving.
  3. Look for communication style and red flags like poor communication, lack of awareness, and negativity during career history interviews to assess candidate suitability.
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The Leading Sapiens Weekly • 29 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. Everyone has some level of political awareness in the workplace, but it varies in understanding and application.
  2. Reading involves understanding the external world and organization, while carrying focuses on ethical behavior versus manipulation.
  3. Owls are wise in politics, balancing awareness, integrity, and interpersonal skills.
72 Degrees North • 58 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. There may not be people who inherently have a problem with authority, it could be a construct created by workplace environments.
  2. Disobeying authority doesn't necessarily stem from resistance to orders, but could be rooted in impatience, arrogance, or ego.
  3. Corporate hierarchy and authority can sometimes be arbitrary and driven by societal norms rather than individual merit or charisma.
Boundless by Paul Millerd • 283 implied HN points • 03 Jun 23
  1. Some people are not working much at their jobs but are still considered high performers.
  2. Remote work has given people the opportunity to prioritize rest and other activities over traditional work structures.
  3. Good work that is fulfilling and meaningful is important to find, even if it means deviating from the traditional 9-5 work model.
Anxiety Addiction & Ascension • 138 implied HN points • 11 Jul 23
  1. LGBTQ activists can be perceived as intolerant and aggressive when enforcing their beliefs on others in professional settings.
  2. The narrative points out the manipulation and power strategies employed by some activists in the LGBTQ community.
  3. The story highlights the increasing polarization and challenges in maintaining tolerance towards diverse perspectives in modern society.
Make Work Better • 157 implied HN points • 05 May 23
  1. Compromise is essential to make hybrid work successfully in organizations.
  2. Stricter office time policies are being implemented by some organizations to foster teamwork and connectedness among employees.
  3. Younger workers may be facing challenges with remote work, such as lack of feedback and understanding workplace norms.
The Carousel • 95 implied HN points • 23 Apr 23
  1. The modern office is like a 'longhouse' with open floor plans, emphasizing visibility and gossip among female coworkers.
  2. Women excel in the workplace due to their strength in indirect communication and attention to detail, symbolized by the tyranny of checkboxes.
  3. Certain women in mid-management roles embody a mix of femininity and masculine 'dread', enforcing the workplace culture with callousness and indirect tactics.
Optimally Irrational • 13 implied HN points • 26 Sep 23
  1. Beneath the overly positive facade of organizations, there's often a reality of dysfunction and disillusionment.
  2. The principal-agent problem highlights the conflict of interests between individuals and the organization's goals, leading to misaligned incentives.
  3. Managers can prioritize personal gains, reputation, and short-term benefits over the organization's success, perpetuating issues like hyperactivity and micromanagement.
Respectful Leadership • 28 HN points • 29 May 23
  1. Talented individuals may struggle to articulate their skills during interviews, but they still have a lot to offer.
  2. Formalities in work relationships are important, especially at the start, to avoid misinterpretations.
  3. Some people may not understand the difference between professional and personal relationships, so discretion is key when establishing boundaries.
Anxiety Addiction & Ascension • 39 implied HN points • 06 Feb 23
  1. Many employees prefer working from home for the flexibility it offers in their lives and are hesitant to return to the office for multiple days per week.
  2. Companies are facing challenges convincing workers to return to the office due to changing preferences and economic factors like labor shortages.
  3. Employees have some leverage to resist returning to the office and should consider continuing to work from home to maintain their independence and strength.
The Fat Software Engineer • 20 implied HN points • 12 Apr 23
  1. Overemployment can be a strategy for early retirement by earning more and spending less.
  2. Overemployment involves having more than one job at once, which can be managed in different ways like working long hours or taking multiple jobs for quick paychecks.
  3. Ethically, overemployment depends on performance, legality of contracts, and the ability to handle multiple jobs stress-free.
Software Design: Tidy First? • 3 HN points • 25 Oct 23
  1. Playing with the map doesn't change the territory in project management.
  2. Implementing a weekly team planning and review process can lead to increased energy, collaboration, and adaptation.
  3. Avoid adding up weeks, comparing weeks over time, and comparing weeks across teams in project planning.
Building Rome(s) • 7 implied HN points • 12 May 23
  1. Technical Program Managers operate on two planes: strategic and tactical.
  2. The real value of TPMs comes from operating on both strategic and tactical planes.
  3. To fix the situation of using TPMs in the wrong way, help evangelize the TPM role, ensure the culture is right for a TPM, and ease in the TPM role while establishing a Program Charter.