Why good leaders make you feel safe

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.

Tips for Effective Stand-Up Meetings

The guys at Blossom have put together a few quick tips for better stand-up meetings.

I agree with most of the things said in the article, but I would say the most important tip is to be prepared for the stand-up before it happens. If you need to make tea or coffee to have a stand-up, you’re doing them wrong.

Be prepared for the catch up, and know what your tasks are before you start the meeting. Less time in meetings = more time doing the work.

Remote Working – Week 1

So the first week is over – and it’s been amazing.

As a Product Designer for Receiptful, I’ve been tasked with looking after the design and user experience of an upcoming service that helps users manage their receipts, whilst giving marketers the opportunity to include upsells and targeted marketing messages.

Working remotely is a very special privilege and it has allowed me to completely focus on the job at hand, which is vital for a startup business creating software-as-a-service (SaaS).

I thought I would share a few thoughts from the first week of remote working, and how it has affected my career.

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Making meetings useful

“Sometimes I spend whole meetings wondering how they got the big meeting table through the door.”

Meetings are the scourge of the efficient work day.

You know the drill – “Can we grab a quick 5 minutes here to chat about this together?”

What that actually means is – “Can we take you from your busy work day and say things in another, generally larger room for a lot more time than we need to?”

Wikipedia defines a meeting as “two or more people coming together to discuss one or more topics, often in a formal setting”. Not only is this one the most generic descriptions in the history of describing a word, but it highlights how meetings are broken – a formal encounter where people in the room speak about specific topics on a general level, most of the time wondering when the event will be over.

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Coping with Pressure

Have you got that job done yet?

Keep going. Almost there. Quicker. Hurry up.

We need this done yesterday.

It’s easy to understand how stress works and why pressure can be bad – but that’s not the point of this article or blog in fact. We want to see how pressure can actually be a useful tool, and learn to adapt to control it; not crumble underneath.

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