What Makes FC Barcelona Such a Successful Business “Blue and claret blowing in the wind. One valiant cry. We’ve got a name that everyone knows: Barça, Barça, Baaarça!” A.nnotate.com: Upload, Annotate, Share. Online document review and collaboration - PDF, Word and HTML 22 Handy Slack Hacks Everyone Should Know — ReadThink (by HubSpot) 22 Handy Slack Hacks Everyone Should Know By: Carly Stec A couple months ago, the HubSpot team made the switch to Slack (one of the hottest real-time messaging apps on the market).
20 rules of thumb for building a great startup culture (Editor’s note: Scott Weiss is the former co-founder and CEO of IronPort Systems. He submitted this column to VentureBeat.) Developing a good, healthy culture is extremely important at a startup. Culture reflects the essence of a startup’s operation because it directly affects the success of a company’s hiring practices and overall strategy. It is, at its core, essentially a set of shared norms and a key source of strength and guidance when a startup goes through those virtually inevitable trying times.Some fundamental practices are obvious “must-dos” in building a strong culture. How Spotify Recruits Talent Spotify believes hiring the right developers is crucial, so they’ve created a lengthy recruitment process to make sure they bring on the best possible people. While your team may not need developers, their methodology can be adapted to bring on the right talent for your team. General introduction and screening. First, Spotify reviews the candidate’s resume. If approved, they’ll set up a phone or Skype interview to ask about work interest, relocation, salary, and other need-to-know information.Tech trivia session. Next, Spotify will set up another Skype interview and ask questions about technical topics like memory access time, sorting algorithms, or other topics that are specific to the role.
How social tools can reshape the organization Not all social technologies bring equal benefits. In a new survey, respondents say the most valuable tools make it easier for employees to collaborate—and could even transform the way organizations work. While social technologies have become ubiquitous in business, not all tools—or the benefits companies see from their use—are created equal. Indeed, results from the latest McKinsey Global Survey on social tools suggest that a new generation of tools is enabling employees to collaborate in improved and innovative ways. Respondents say improved internal communication is the feature of social tools that has most benefited their businesses. They also expect that, in the coming years, enabling better communication will be one of the ways these tools could bring about fundamental changes at their organizations.
Should Companies Follow Ben and Jerry's Lead in Wages? Thirty-five years ago, a couple of counterculture confectioners in Burlington, Vt., developed a recipe that combined funky, chunky deliciousness, brilliant branding and granola-headed idealism. I'm talking about Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield and their iconoclastic Ben & Jerry's ice cream company. But it's neither Cherry Garcia nor Phish Food that's on my mind right now—well, maybe just a little—as much as it is the social pact that Messrs. Cohen and Greenfield made with their employees at the start of their venture: From top to bottom, the pay ratio between the highest salaried executive and lowest-earning-worker would be no greater than 5 to 1. To their credit, the ice cream kings kept to their pay scale deal for 16 years.
The blending of apps with our collaboration tools: An inevitable trend What's in an effective collaboration tool today? That's perhaps the most foundational question we can ask at the moment, as the seemingly unending procession of new applications and solutions continues as new entrants each promise in their own way to improve how we work together in digital environments. The nature of collaboration tools available today continue to evolve and specialize. Enterprise social networks, team chat tools, and unified communications platforms are some of the major branches of the tree of digital collaboration. Numerous other collaboration sub-specialities have emerged and developed in recent years as well, such as functional collaboration tools at aimed at sales, marketing, R&D, HR, legal, and other key corporate activities.