• Management

    What is a manager’s top attribute?

    It was a warm Italian night as I sat on a terrace with a friend, sipping a good glass of tasty white wine. A friend’s friend joined us, we introduced ourselves and I learned he was a manager in tech, just like me. After a few minutes of talking about our experiences, he shot me a sharp question: What is the most important attribute of a successful manager? I had never thought about it before, so I was surprised when I saw my uncertainty last less than 5 seconds. My guts took control of my brain and spoke for me. Self-Confidence – I said. “Now I have to articulate the…

  • Onboarding

    I love swag!

    When I joined Nokia, back in 2011, remote working was not really a thing. Neither was swag. However, that company marked a big change for me because I could visit internal swag shops and purchase from there. I thought it was cool: wearing garments bearing the logo and the name of the company felt great.It just leveraged a very common human sentiment: belonging. Like it or not, as much as we can look at ourselves as detached from boundaries, borders, and groups of any kind, there is an ancestral need within us to aggregate with people that share the same values as us. And this is exactly what swag is…

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