Groupthink can set in for new employees in mere days—which is why you should ask them on Day One what’s wrong with your company.
When something isn’t working out quite right, CEOs are often the last to know. But not at Emerald Therapeutics.
The biotech startup tasks all new hires with an unusual mandate: each new employee must fill out a “fresh-eye journal” criticizing and analyzing all aspects of the company. Newcomers are asked questions like “Describe a decision that the company has made that raises an eyebrow for you?” And their feedback is read by company co-CEOS Brian Frezza and D.J. Kleinbaum.
Frezza and Kleinbaum say they came up with the idea a year ago to help their startup avoid the trappings of corporate dysfunction and groupthink. After all, they founded Emerald with the idea of taking advantage of such weaknesses in the biotech industry.
i miss my friends so much. i miss everything about people love. and not just any people. old people. people who grew up with you. people who keep you close and you can be stupid and sad and nothing matters because they wrap you in a big hug and make everything ok. i miss that, friends
Visitors of diverse nationalities crowd a casino roulette table in Swaziland, 1969.Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic Creative
the truth is, i am overcome with an overwhelming desire to disappear to an island and watch sun sets
Our brains are equipped to deal with the world the way it was many thousands of years ago when we were hunter-gatherers. Back then the amount of information that was coming at us was much less and it came at us much more slowly.
In a randomized double-blind study female students were less likely to be hired because they were viewed as less competent. And if your name gives you away, you could be in trouble, too. People with hard to pronounce names are less likely to get hired.
i wish i could sit on a green grassy hill with my best friend and eat ice cream and watch the sun set and feel like everything was going to be okay.