Hello hello fellow pioneers!

Welcome to the new format for our newsletter. Long time subscribers will have noticed we have been very, very lax in getting our newsletter out over the last few months, but we have got a new plan!

From now on, we will be sending the newsletter once a week and our goal is to put together the best newsletter for People people working in scale-ups.

Now first of all, theres a couple of things we would love your help with:

  1. If you know someone else who would appreciate this newsletter, please send them this link so they can sign themselves up
  2. And if you spot some great content we ought to include in our next newsletter, please send it our way

Right let us kick off with some exciting news from Pioneer Towers…

Always one to follow the crowd, Bee has a new lockdown puppy…

But in even more exciting news, this is what the inside of Bees tummy currently looks like…

Yes thats right, Bees growing a human. Pretty cool heh. She and Jon are expecting the baby to arrive sometime in May.


And now some People & Culture stuff…

First up, the amazing Patty McCord. If you have not read her book Powerful, you really should – its brilliant. And every time I hear her speak I have this instinctive 👇”what she said”👇 response. This week I came across this little video with 8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for. If you only have time for one thing in this newsletter, make it this…

👆What she said right?! 👆


A couple of bits from us that we are quite proud of…

We have pulled together a blog with everything you need to know to create the culture that will drive your growth. I know — its a bold claim. And I also know its a bold claim we dont quite substantiate. But there is a lot of good stuff in here, plus some funny gifs… and who doesnt like a funny gif eh.

Scaling up? Heres everything you need to know to create the culture that will drive your growth

This week we also launched our peopleOS playbook to the world. It was a big team effort, but we are particularly grateful to Holly and Mark for their design input on this. we are quite proud of it so please download your free copy! And please send us your feedback – we need your help to make v2 even better.

A playbook for scale-ups

People and culture in scale-ups…

Ben found this fantastic catalogue of resources from Pat Kua on the People and Culture challenges of hyper-growth. 

And this article from First Round really resonated with me. In particular the points around finding the balance between too much structure and too little, slowing down to speed up, why you have to kill stuff off as you grow and the dangers of copying others.


Remote working – the topic du jour…

Those of you who know me, know I am a nice guy. Those of you who do not will just have to trust me that I really am. I am a family man. Mild mannered. Even tempered. Generous. Reserved. Polite. But this week I saw one too many videos from “thought leaders” on LinkedIn suggesting the secret to remote working is “finding time to take a walk” and I was like…

Yes, there are lots of people struggling with the shift to remote work so I get why you want to talk about it, but trust me, the answer is not taking a walk.

If you want some better quality insight than “have you thought about turning your computer off at 6pm?”, why not have a read of Fast Company’s write up on Gitlab’s culture. Asynchronous communication, radical transparency, a commitment to documentation and using tech to create behavioural nudges… its all there and all of these would make better tips than “think about replacing your commute with a walk around the park”. 😡

Also, just while I am on a little grumpy roll and before I go back to being a nice guy… why would anyone want advice from someone who records a video of themselves by propping their iPhone behind the steering wheel of their car and kicks off with “I do not really know what I want to talk about today, but you know, I just wanted to share something…”. Heres an idea for you, if you do not know what you want to talk about today 🤐… don’t talk about it.


And finally…

This is a nice little piece of insight from Adam Grant on self-monitoring and why we struggle with people who are ‘consistently being themselves’.  I am interested to know if theres a ‘dark-side’ to high self-monitoring or whether its generally a good thing… anyone know more about this?


Until next week…

Matt

Founder and Genuinely Nice Guy at The Pioneers