No is an answer too!

“Yes” in an answer. “No” is an answer too. Even ” I don’t know” is an answer.

To not respond at all is the worst response ever… It’s plain rude & ignorant! How many times I’ve seen this in business scenarios.

“Let’s just play ostrich and let it all blow by. It’s not my problem!”

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Startup Lessons from Hubspot

Source : Startup Culture Lessons From Mad Men

Interesting post, yet some things don’t work out in environments which require attendance (conform low attendance helpdesk) :

Vacation Policy = No Policy : Nice one, where I would only add one exception “until minimum attendance is reached.

“We don’t care which 80 hours you work” : Agree completely! An happy employee will work more. A time registration system will only do the opposite of which should be the objective of the system.

Extreme Transparency : This gets rid of all the rumour flows and so on which paralyse the performance of any organization.

Seat rotation : Sounds like a cool concept. In (even not so) big coorporations, one may find that (s)he only knows their “cubicle”.

HubSpot Fellows : A coaching concept which is needed in ALL companies. Don’t hire people, push them in the pool and say it’s a good guy/girl if (s)he doesn’t drown.

All other points : … focus on the social side of the human being. Where creativity is needed (and trust me, you need it to let your company grow!), you need a social environment where people feel comfortable, appreciated/respected & nourished.

The teachings of Budo in Business

Source of inspiration : Wisdom from the principles of Budō: Lessons for work & life


The article from Garr states that the teachings of Budo are based upon the following pillars :

  • The Three Prohibitions
    • (1) To give up
    • (2) To misbehave
    • (3) To be clumsy
  • The Three Joys
    • (1) Vicissitude (change)
    • (2) Honesty
    • (3) Skillfulness
  • The Three Evils
    • (1) Fear
    • (2) Doubt
    • (3) Confusion

When going through this list, one can see that these points are also valuable for any business.