This is a subjective question and many part of the world will answer it differently. I want to pick example of one of my work bosses. Why I think that he is a douchebag:
He is one of the most ignorant persons I have ever worked it. He was not only dismissive to me, I have seen being dismissive to many people below or parallel in position. For example, I repeated saw him denouncing managers parallel to him. One example of his dismissive behavior is when he was badmouthing about PhD in front of me like this — “ Ph.D…
This was by far the most challenging time of my 32-year life. A couple of reasons-
I have been hit by uncertainty about if I would be able to go back to the USA where I build my career for the last 8 years. I have close to zero professional networks in Bangladesh. I was uncertain about what I can do here.
I have my wife living in the US. I am not sure when I can go back. She was dealing with the pandemic all by herself. On top of that, she didn’t have the work permit…
Undoubtedly it is one of the most charming experience of my entrepreneurial career. Getting to YC is one of the hardest thing because of their multiple billion dollar exits- AirbnB, DoorDash, Stripe, Cruise, Instacart, Dropbox, Coinbase, Zapier, Ginko Bioworks, Bewx, Reddit, Faire, Relativity Space and many more.
YC invests $125k seed money SAFE at 7% equity exchange. CM materials raised $400k( $370 from angels) at $3M valuation, so the YC round would have been a “down-round”. …
Today I got a paycheck from my own company. It feels awesome to have the ability to run our payroll and pay through own company fund. It’s liberating and comes with big bag of responsibility to be able to return the money couple to couple tens of time to the investors.
I just finished my three years stint at a publicly traded manufacturing company. It was a bittersweet journey and I am happy how it went. Here are a few learnings:
It’s not uncommon to see the big companies pen through PowerPoint slides and can’t execute many things. It’s the lack of ownership in big companies. Good companies focus on placing ownership and make managers accountable for executing innovation.
I had extremely bad experience with this. Anytime I wanted to do a new project, I had to take at least two approvals (one direct manager, and another money manager). Sometimes I…
I had a tumultuous 2020 like many others. Everyone has a different story. I was stuck in Bangladesh for seven months to get an H1-B visa. Taskin was all by herself in the USA. I was worried if I would ever be able to back on track with my career in the USA. There was a big cloud of uncertainty about life, career, and future plans (starting family, money, Adity’s career, etc.). In those months, I had two things that were going well for me. First, I had my parents with me and I always looked after them so that…
COVID changed many things that are associated with our lifestyle. This is how it changed my lifestyle:
I used to get up at 7 am pre-covid. Took at 7.36 am bus from the apartment complex to the train station followed up by the train to the workplace. Reached the workplace by 8.15, brought breakfast from downstairs, and started my day at around 8.40 am.
Post-covid, I still get up at 7 am. My days changed drastically. After freshen up, I prepare my breakfast and do dishes. Doing dishes has been a consistent method for me to get some stretches…
When employees fight between them for wrong reasons, or there is competition for wrong thing or smart people stop providing feedback- that’s a signal of a toxic culture. It stops people to enjoy work and put out their best. Work is extremely transaction at that point and it would be impossible to get some good output from this kind of team. If I have a chance to lead a team, I will remember to -
I have seen from my experience in the industry that a leader that lacks empathy is the worse. People work not only for $$$, but also for respect and relationship.
Some bosses just keep working on “his/her” things without spending time on developing the skills of his/her employees. S/he fails to understand that s/he is as good as his/her team. Without any direction or mentorship, the team becomes dysfunctional within a short time.
Some bosses doesn’t provide feedback at all. Some bosses provide feedback too much. Some bosses only provide negative feedback. All of these are bad. There should be a balance on the feedback. Nobody likes to be judged all the time or hear only negative things.
Three commonly made mistakes
There is a common mistake that organizations make when they try to say “we heard the customer” and try to sell the same freaking shit by twisting stories, good-looking PowerPoint slides, and bullshit promises without addressing the customer pain points. If your customer is telling you three times a day that your product is too pricey, then you solve this. If you can’t solve it, then stop selling for that vertical. If you keep hearing the same thing, then build something better.
Another common mistake of B2B marketing is the lack of understanding of what content…