What’s the best way to manage your own wellness?

Sam Altman (President at Y Combinator)
Founder Depression – Sam Altman

Most of the founders I know have had seriously dark times, and usually felt like there was no one they could turn to. For whatever its worth, youre not alone, and you shouldn’t be ashamed. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel just by talking to people about the struggles youre facing instead of saying we’re crushing it.

What’s the best way to keep morale high?

Sebastian Hooker (User Experience (UX) Designer at pc/nametag)
Celebrating Small Successes — Medium

Send out a weekly or bi-weekly email to your team. Keep it short and to the point. Highlight the company’s most recent accomplishments. Thank individual members. If there have been setbacks, list them here. Finally, explain what is next.

What’s the best way to keep morale high?

Lawrence Chong (CEO at Consulus)
6 Ways to Recover Joy at Work

Create clarity of purpose: Leaders should explain the rationale and the value of doing things on a regular basis and at all levels. Design teamwork: Design policies and reward systems that recognize the team that made it happen. Identify moments when departments reached out to each other to solve a problem. Manage differences: Have people trained in mediation and regularly intervene to address frictions in a calm manner with proper facilitation. … (read more)

What’s the best way to keep morale high?

Teresa Amabile (Professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School)
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work

Of all the positive events that influence inner work life, the single most powerful is progress in meaningful work; of all the negative events, the single most powerful is the opposite of progress—setbacks in the work.

What’s the best way to keep morale high?

Jeff Sinelli (CEO of Which Which)
Smiling Is Contagious. Customers (and Your Business) Thrive on It.

Smiles have an effect on those who receive them. [They] can literally make other people feel like they are winning. As smiles are contagious, this sentiment of reward is passed along to the next unsuspecting soul.

What’s the best way to keep morale high?

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Practical advice on how to raise motivation | A Founder’s Notebook

1. Write your purpose statement. Ask what one thing you’d like your group to be known for accomplishing. 2. Create a “purpose trajectory”. By having each person connect their everyday responsibility and role with the far-reaching purpose, individuals can create a larger context within which to make decisions. 3. Reinforce with great stories. At weekly staff meetings have one team member share a story of something they or a colleague did that supp… (read more)

What’s the best way to be an effective leader?

Jeff Weiner (CEO at LinkedIn)
5 Leadership Lessons Learned from Jeff Weiner | Sachin Rekhi

It’s important to constantly repeat the team’s top objectives, the decisions that are being made, the culture you are trying to establish, and anything else you want the broad team to truly internalize. It’s equally important to drive consistency in the message, even using the exact same words to really ensure it sticks.

What’s the best way to be an effective leader?

Seth Godin (Founder at Yoyodyne Entertainment)
Seth’s Blog: The irrational thing about trust

Real trust (even in our modern culture) doesn’t always come from divulging, from providing more transparency, but from the actions that people take (or that we think they take) before our eyes. It comes from people who show up before they have to, who help us when they think no one is watching. It comes from people and organizations that play a role that we need them to play.

What’s the best way to be an effective leader?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Dumbing Things Down – AVC

At some point you have to convince people that what you are doing is important and they should join your company, buy from your company, invest in your company, and write about your company. I like to call this “dumbing things down” but it doesn’t have to involve simplification (although that is one way to do it). It could also involve creating effective analogies, describing a future state where the technology is in mass use, or some other techn… (read more)

What’s the best way to be an effective leader?

Seth Godin (Founder at Yoyodyne Entertainment)
Seth’s Blog: “I”, “We” and “You”

Instead of saying “I” when you’re ready to take credit, try “we.” Instead of saying “we” when you’re avoiding responsibility, try “I.” And, every time you’re tempted to depersonalize the impact of your actions, try “you,” while looking the impacted person in the eye. Words matter.