What’s the best way to set goals?

Seth Godin (Founder at Yoyodyne Entertainment)
Seth’s Blog: Give up and go up goals

You will benefit when you tell lots of people your give up goals. Tell your friends when you want to give up overeating or binging or being a boor. Your friends will make it ever more difficult for you to feel good about backsliding. On the other hand, the traditional wisdom is that you should tell very few people about your go up goals. Don’t tell them you intend to get a promotion, win the race or be elected prom king. That’s because even your… (read more)

What’s the best way to run your meeting?

Robyn Scott (Co-Founder at oneleap)
The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact — The Startup — Medium

Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points.

What’s the best way to retain employees?

Bart Lorang (Founder & CEO of FullContact)
Paid Vacation? Not Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Paid, PAID Vacation

Once per year, we give each employee $7500 to go on vacation. There are a few rules: You have to go on vacation, or you don’t get the money. You must disconnect. You can’t work while on vacation.

What’s the best way to retain employees?

Maura Thomas (Award-winning speaker, trainer, author)
Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team

Being “always on” hurts results. When employees are constantly monitoring their email after work hours — whether this is due to a fear of missing something from you, or because they are addicted to their devices — they are missing out on essential down time that brains need. Refrain from after-hours communication. Discourage an always-on environment of distraction that inhibits creative flow.

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

David Heinemeier Hansson (Partner at Basecamp)
Sleep deprivation is not a badge of honor — Signal v. Noise — Medium

trying to extract 110% performance from today when that means having only 70% performance available tomorrow is a bad deal. You end up with just 77% of your available peak. Bad trade.

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

Ben Erez (Product at Breeze)
22 Mistakes I Made as a First Time Founder — Viabilify

I would find myself pitching anyone from bartenders to my high school Chemistry teacher. I was seeking approval in all the wrong places and ended up trapped in an echo chamber where anyone who didn’t “get it” was immediately distanced by me. In hindsight, I should have embraced raised brows and let them stay raised. The energy is takes to pitch well is a precious and rare resource which must be spent only on very carefully chosen recipients.

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

Slava Akhmechet (Founder at RethinkDB)
57 startup lessons

Every once in a while, get away. Go hiking, visit family in another city, go dancing, play chess, tennis, anything. It will make you more effective and make the people around you happier.

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

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Gmail Meter – AVC

tried out a new service this past week called Gmail Meter. It’s a free analytics service that tells you stuff about how you use Gmail. It is brought to market by the folks at ShuttleCloud, which does archive and data migration for cloud services. It’s a way for them to get to know folks who might become ShuttleCloud customers in the future. I learned a few things. I get 6,470 legit emails a month from 1293 different senders. I send/reply to 2,6… (read more)

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

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Is this the way to make you and your team more creative? | A Founder’s Notebook

Most earlier discussions about napping, such as the foundational NASA study, reported improved performance. Brian Halligan, in contrast, reports increased creativity as well.