Ben Chestnut, the founder of Mailchimp, everyone’s beloved mailing list management app, posted guidelines where he grants employees permission to be creative. Hire weird people – check! Encourage employees to create chaos – double check!
In her spare time, when she does not spend it killing zombies, immersing in the vocalization rhythm of geckos in her neighborhood or curling up with a good book, Shaza collects, rather compulsively, tiny bits and pieces of internet that makes inspiring work looks easy. You know this roundup should be good when a Batman poster in included in the stash.
In every career, your job is to make and tell stories. You will build a body of work, but you will also build a body of affection, with the people you’ve helped who’ve helped you back. But don’t just sit there and wait – scour and scramble instead to get to your starting point. Then scramble some more. Be hungry. Be inquisitive. Read on and find out why.
Giving someone an uninterrupted four hours time is the best gift you can give anyone at work. It’s better than a computer, it’s better than a new monitor, it’s better than new software, or what people typically use. Giving them four hours of quiet time at the office is going to be incredibly valuable.
30 July, 2010
It is painfully clear to many employers [that there] are serious gaps between elite educational credentials and actual individual competence. College transcripts spackled with As and Bs — particularly from liberal arts and humanities programs — reveal less about a candidate’s capabilities than most serious employers need to know.
Shaza’s earliest memory of books was when her dad took her to her first book fair on his hip Scrambler bike. It was a noisy piece of metal but it was yellow and she loved it. Where others have gadgets and tutorials to help them get better with design, she has her trusty, unassuming, delicious books.
When reading, Shaza scribbles notes of interesting and important excerpts that she can later share with others. One of the most important she came across by far, was a transcript of the speech given by Severn Suzuki, then a 12-year-old, who stood in front of the delegations of 1992 Rio de Janeiro’s Earth Summit.