Make Salary Comparison Easy By Being Transparent

Make Salary Comparison Easy By Being Transparent

Sometimes the life of an imaginary entity is rather easy. I never have to say ‘no’ to chocolate. If things get too busy, I can work 24/7. And I never have to negotiate my salary for the simple reason that I don’t get one. Of all the peculiar things of mankind, the great secrecy surrounding […]

Great New Employee Orientation With The Onboarding Matrix

Great New Employee Orientation With The Onboarding Matrix

Although starting a new challenge is always great, the first couple of days at a new company often are not. New employee orientation usually is made up on the go. As a result, people can feel quite lost. As a friend of mine once told me, “You have no clue about what you should do […]

Intrinsic Motivation Is How Unpaid Work Can Beat Any Job

Intrinsic Motivation Is How Unpaid Work Can Beat Any Job

Every now and then, my ghostwriter works in the kitchen of a small restaurant. Working as a cook is quite different from writing texts. Instead of drinking coffee at the hip, local coffee place while flirting with the waitress, he now has to sweat his ass off until midnight while the chef yells at him […]

Why It’s A Good Thing When Your Workers Go Out For Coffee

Why It’s A Good Thing When Your Workers Go Out For Coffee

As an imaginary entity, I’ve always been very interested in things that make life worth living. There’s popping bubble wrap, the eternal Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate and, of course, the human fascination with coffee. So when I came across the article Why You Should Buy an Espresso Machine for the Office by Frederic […]

Participatory decision making – how to make decisions with the whole company

Participatory decision making – how to make decisions with the whole company

It’s an important topic in a lot of companies: Who gets to decide what? Democratic decision-making sounds like an interesting plan, and it is. But only as long as the company stays small, it often doesn’t work in bigger companies. If you are looking for a new approach, maybe this blog post by  Stefan Roock […]

Baboons and the destructive force of hierarchy

Baboons and the destructive force of hierarchy

I don’t know about you guys, but in times of stress I have (not so) quietly called one or two of my most hierarchical managers a ‘baboon’. And after seeing this video starring Dr. Robert Sapolski and some political savvy baboons, I realized I was right all the time. Sapolski has been studying baboon societies […]

How To Write a Great Text in Four Steps

How To Write a Great Text in Four Steps

A while ago Jurgen Appelo published an article called Blog Post Checklist for Great Authors. It’s all about how you can prepare, write, finalize, promote and evaluate the blog posts you write and become a great author. Even though I’m not real, there are some rules even I have to keep in mind, so I […]

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