A couple of nice quotes from this talk by Nicolas Lara on how his company, Lincoln Loop, works (and thrives) despite being small, globally-distributed, and with employees working from home.
This one, I think, is particularly true:
It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.
- Paul Graham
and, on maintaining a healthy work-life balance:
Every one of us has learned how to send emails on Sunday night. But how many of us know how to go to a movie at 2pm on Mondays? You’ve unbalanced your life without balancing it with something else.
It’s an interesting talk. I remember a Lullabot podcast from about 18 months ago about how they managed a rather larger but similarly-distributed organisation. Lincoln Loop, though, is not just a distributed company with flexible working hours – it’s one where the finances are open, and where employees, based on their knowledge of how the company is doing, get to choose their own salaries. An interesting concept to ponder.
Or you could always ask Dolly about the more traditional model…
I just love Tom Stoppard. Tidying up old files in old folders I came across this from Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead:
R: I don’t believe in it anyway. G: What? R: England. G: Just a conspiracy of cartographers, then?
Here’s another. They’re discussing Hamlet.
The Player: The old man thinks he’s in love with his daughter. Rosencrantz: Good God. We’re out of our depths here. The Player: No, no, no! He hasn’t got a daughter! The old man thinks he’s in love with his daughter. Rosencrantz: The old man is? The Player: Hamlet… in love… with the old man’s daughter… the old man… thinks. Rosencrantz: Ah.
There's a set of rules that anything that was in the world when you were born is normal and natural. Anything invented between when you were 15 and 35 is new and revolutionary and exciting, and you'll probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're 35 is against the natural order of things.
Quote for the day “The opposite of play isn’t work. It’s depression.” Brian Sutton-Smith,...