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People Geekly #59

Issue No. 59, brought to you by Culture Amp
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This is the fifty-ninth issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.

 Tweet of the week (2.5 sec)

"Culture, engagement, and employee retention are now the top talent challenges facing business leaders"

Esther mulder  (@EstherNathalie)

Slack recently took home the Crunchie award for “Fastest Rising Startup.” And when their name was called, rather than execs taking the stage, four women of color, who are also Slack engineers, accepted the award. "The idea that diversity at companies improves the culture and the bottom line may be somewhat controversial, but all we know is we've got 9 percent of women of color engineering at Slack—four of whom are up here tonight, in 'Formation,' " said one of the women.

Being a leader (4 min)

Umair Haque of the HBR poses the question: Are you a leader, or just pretending to be one? Leaders aren’t necessarily people who perform the best, say the right things, or memorize corporate monologues. Being a good leader is knowing what to do when things go off-script. “Consider: Pierre Omidyar, founder of Ebay, probably wouldn’t have made a great Sotheby’s auctioneer. Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, probably would have sucked as CEO of Encyclopedia Britannica. Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, probably wouldn’t have been a great classifieds editor.” 

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In this age of easily accessed information, there are rarely cases when you can pop a surprise question on an interview candidate. Places like Glassdoor will likely have your secret interviewing techniques as tips for your applicants. And places like Google have proved that “brain teaser” questions aren’t always the right move either. So what can you ask a potential future employee to make sure he or she is the right person for the job? John Sullivan of the HBR offers these seven ideas for interviewing: Avoid easy to practice questions; Be wary of historical questions; Access the candidate’s ability to solve a problem; Evaluate if they are forward-thinking; Access a candidate’s ability to learn, adapt and innovate; Avoid duplication; Allocate time for selling. 

In this interview with Paul Berry, formerly of the Huffington Post and now of RebelMouse, he discusses how to think outside the box. At both companies he deliberately started fires and built a culture of breaking the rules, in order to succeed. “We were the startup that never knew the startup rules,” he says. “I did everything very intentionally not by the book. We never talked about management, team, structure, or process. The rules felt wrong to me.” This lengthy article details the steps Berry devised to start a fire on purpose.


We’ve got a lot of People Geekups planned for 2016. If you’d like to host a People Geekup in your city in 2016, reply to this email and we will be in touch.

San Francisco on Feb 17th.
Sydney, Australia on Feb 22nd.
New York City on Feb 25th.

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