“I can’t imagine how people are able to work from home and actually get things done.” That’s what my dad told me just the other day. “How do you do it?” he added after. And that got me thinking… For over a year, I’ve worked from home as most of you may have due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus pandemic. And although remote work once felt like a foreign concept to me, it definitely doesn’t feel foreign anymore. In fact, it feels as natural as breathing.
While thinking about how to answer my dad’s question, I thought about…
We all know that none of us can function as a one-man-army to build a successful scaling SaaS business or physical company.
To achieve a big target we usually need a team of talents to work on all aspects of the company as a collective effort. Herein is the art of how the working relationship is managed between senior team members (directors and managers that are the decision-makers), and the counterpart of relatively junior team members.
If you are a director or a manager of a company or a team, and genuinely care about your team members and the work…
I hate to admit but I might be one of those productivity junkies out there — like many of you, I’m constantly obsessed with finding the best tools & tactics to make the most of my work days.
One of the terrible down side with such an effort is that, similar to being obsessed with automation (yes I’m talking to you, the Excel formula junkies), over a longer timeframe you look back and realise that, the time you’ve spent on researching the right tools and tricks, you end up spending as much (if not more) time and effort than doing…
The following text was picked from the book — Opening the hand of thought: the foundations of Zen Buddhist.
We don’t use the kyōsaku, a stick used in many Zen temples to wake up a sitter who might have dozed off. Since we set everything aside and face the wall, just being ourselves during zazen, we may feel a terrible boredom. If the kyōsaku were carried around, it would become a toy to divert people from their boredom.
For example, someone sitting quietly might hear a person carrying a kyōsaku around and begin to think about how perfect their posture…
At Staff Treats we were lucky to already have some remote working strategies in place before the Corona Crisis spread across the world. With members of our team spread across 3 different time zones we’ve had to experiment with what tools work best for our remote collaboration and keep our team engaged. If you’re still settling into the lockdown, we hope some of these tools might be able to help you as you’re working from home.
In the past few weeks, any and all conversation has been taken over by the Coronavirus crisis, which has quickly become just about everyone’s single biggest concern. Minimising the spread of the virus from human to human is now the top priority for governments, businesses and individuals alike.
Last week, I ran some numbers to model the spread of the virus, in an effort to demonstrate the severity of the situation and the importance of all of us self-isolating — you can read that here. Based on the current growth trend, a worldwide recession appears imminent and inevitable. …
How bad is this Corona virus BS? I wonder about this like many of you do.
As a “data-first” performance marketing person, I took the liberty and did some number crunching by using the official numbers from Gov.uk, and the daily record tracked by Worldmeters between 22 Feb to the time of writing. And please please, I ask you to run your own calculation and share in the comment section.
[Disclaimer]— with this calculation I am NOT trying to achieve any of the following outcomes:
(1) scare anyone further or to push you to be more socially irresponsible, such as…
*A friendly warning: this is a pretty long post, so decide wisely before losing 15 mins of your life —BUT there is a good chance you get to pick up something actually useful, hear me out…
In the last decade of my professional life, working for a number of companies across various industries — from dental nurse recruitment to student accommodation, from youth travel to money remittance, from fashion to employee benefits; from a tiny team of two to the world’s largest media companies; apart from paying the bills, work has given me an amazing opportunity to experience many different…
“Creativity and ego cannot go together.
If you free yourself from the comparing & jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moments.
You must not be your own obstacles, you must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment, the phenomenal world around you.
You must be able to freely move in & out of your mind.
This is being free.”
-Jeong Kwan, Chef’s Table
What a book — one of the most thought provoking, and yet fundamental, dilemma (or trilemma) that you would come across constantly on a day to day basis, at work or in life.
It essentially categorises and clarifies the 3 different reciprocity styles — taker, matcher, and giver (selfless or ‘otherish’ giver), The book investigates each of the style provided with rich research and case studies, concludes on which style has the best chance to succeed long term.
The highlighted issue (at least for me) was that, majority of people who are afraid to give because they worry to become the doormat of takers, so we all gradually turn into matchers (or even takers). If you have that worry in your mind, read this book.
Founder of ZELUS LONDON™, head of Performance Marketing at Staff Treats. A Black-belt in Taekwondo, Salsa/Bachata dancer, a little bit Zen.