Of course, feeling better is a relative thing when one has a cold, and today I'm feeling a bit worse than yesterday (although a bit warmer—I did remember to bring a sweater to work today). Part of feeling worse is how little sleep I got last night (or rather, this morning). Between not being sleepy at all, my runny nose and some chest congestion, it was very hard to fall asleep.
And when I did, it was around 6:30 in the morning.
I'll certainly be happy when this cold is over.
Instead, I'll share with you the results of a little between-classroom brainstorming about how office life could learn a little bit from grade school life.
So, in no particular order, here are some ideas for how to run your next Web 2.0 startup:
- Forget calendars, try periods! Every period is 50 minutes, with a 10 minute break in between. “What are you doing 4th period? Wanna get together to talk about our alpha invite strategy?” “I have a yellow fade discussion then.” “How about 5th period?” “Sounds good.” Make a rule that no meeting can span two periods without a good reason, and why not actually ring a bell at the start and end of each period.
- Lots of wall art! The best thing about grade school classrooms are the walls—they're covered with great stuff! Charts of the alphabet or the periodic table, ground rules about about classroom behavior, plus lots and lots of stuff produced by the kids. Artifacts everywhere, and in color!
- Nap area! Of course.
- Field trips! Everyone needs to get out and see the big bad world … whether it's market research, a trip to the local geek museum or even the bar down the street. After all, what would you rather go on—a strategic planning offsite, or a field trip!
Back durring my first week at Negiyo, I kept having flashbacks to high
school. The treatment of us
peons non-management employees as
kids. The long hallway down towards the cafeteria. The small desks. Being
sent to the Principal's office HR department.
I thought I had died and gone back to high school.
But now grade (or elementary) school. Kindergarten through 5th grade. That wasn't so bad. And I could definitely deal with nap time. I wonder how Smirk would go for the idea?