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How do you treat junior-level employees?

As a young entrepreneur, I was in a VC’s office asking for money. He took a call from one of his portfolio companies and chewed out the CEO. In front of me. I should have walked out of the room. I didn’t have the experience at the time to appreciate that he was an ass […]

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The PBR of internships

Check out this classic job ad from Pitchfork: Pitchfork Seeks Administrative Intern in NYC Office The PBR of internships Pitchfork Media is looking for some obnoxious hipster scum to beat up in the back alley of our New York City office. But more importantly, we’re seeking an administrative intern. (Seriously, no mustaches.) The ideal candidate […]

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No candy for you! (But there’s candy in your pocket.)

In the “just plain stupid” category: Companies that still block access to Facebook and other social media sites — when every employee has a smart phone that gives them full access to the same stuff. Blocking social media is a waste of IT, HR, and management time and money. And completely futile. The only real […]

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Brutally honest job ads

Sometimes job ads over-sell. We are so eager to hire great people that we tell a rosy story about how wonderful our workplace is. But if your story doesn’t match the reality, you bring in people who are unlikely to succeed due to the mismatch in expectations. We have an amazing work culture at GasPedal. […]

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What it’s like to work with us

We have some fantastic job openings in our Austin and Chicago offices for SocialMedia.org (details here). Here is a little bit about what it’s like to work here: The Way We Work You work too hard for it to be unfulfilling. We believe that every day at the office should be exciting, interesting, challenging, and […]

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How do I get a job in social media?

It’s like getting a job in music. You have to learn to play. (You’re never getting a social media job if you can’t use the tools, the same way you’re not getting into a band if you can’t play music.) Start doing social media. Blog, tweet, and build social media relationships. But what if you […]

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Fire the D-grunts, save the Gomos

Sam Parker reports that 29 out of 100 of us are engaged (Smovers: people who smile & move) 54 of 100 are not engaged (Gomos: people who go through the motions) 17 of 100 are actively disengaged (D-grunts: people who are disgruntled) Fire the disgruntled immediately. They are poison in your company. Try to save […]

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What if you fired all the average performers?

Interesting quotes from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: Like every company, we try to hire well. But, unlike many companies, we practice “adequate performance gets a generous severance package.” We’re a team, not a family. We’re like a pro sports team, not a kid’s recreational team. Coaches’ job at every level of Netflix to hire, develop […]

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How do you treat junior people?

As a young entrepreneur, I was in a VC’s office asking for money. He took a call from one of his portfolio companies and chewed out the CEO. In front of me. I should have walked out of the room. I didn’t have the experience at the time to appreciate that he was an ass […]

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