Why You Can't Work at Work
There’s a reason why the subtle trivialities of office life have long been a springboard for some of our most absurd humor: much of our day-to-day duties are arbitrary, unnecessary, yet seem to linger on in almost every profession. As today’s guest and co-founder of 37signals, Jason Fried, explains, we may have finally reached a point where we have the tools and incentives to actually move past the stifling pettiness of cubicle-culture and develop work spaces that are not only more human but also produce results.
Like meetings: What do these charades actually accomplish? In most companies, infuriatingly little.
Masterminded and ambitious business plans? Don’t these generally prove naïve wastes of time only serve to make institutions more blind-sighted to the opportunities around them?
According to the co-founder of 37signals, there are myriad other fundamental and unnecessary problems in even our most ‘innovative’ companies. Silicon Valley provides a number of examples: the dependence on the seemingly endless venture capital; the fetishizing of employing a large and unnecessary amount of people; gunning after accounts with slow and stubborn Fortune 500 companies; the undying focus on short-lived ‘trends’—all of these serve to make a business well… not actually a business.
Fried also elaborates on why drug dealers may have discovered the correct business model for the digital world (hint: it’s not the ad model). As well as giving out 3 tips for web developers.
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- A new study shows that people with a common personality type share brain activity with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
- The study gives insight into how the brain activity associated with mental illnesses relates to brain activity in healthy individuals.
- This finding not only improves our understanding of how the brain works but may one day be applied to treatments.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
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- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
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