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Aimee Groth

Aimee Groth is currently working on a book about Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, a revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. Previously, she was a senior editor at Business Insider where she focused on corporate strategy.
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In Order to Change Habits, You Need to Change How You Think About Yourself

January 24, 2016 Every January, there are a slew of articles about how to commit to New Year’s resolutions. But many of these stories simply scratch the surface when it comes to habit formation, focusing on performance, appearance, and external motivation. In her latest book, Better Than Before, author and happiness guru Gretchen...

Why Hiring For Cultural Fit is a Bad Idea

December 4, 2015 When Facebook was really starting to grow, Mark Zuckerberg asked other CEOs what they did to establish their company’s culture. Former Facebook culture manager Molly Graham told First Round Capital: “one of the best pieces of advice he got was to write down a succinct list of what it meant...

To Move Ahead in Your Career, You Must First Disrupt Yourself

November 19, 2015 In her new book, Disrupt Yourself, Whitney Johnson argues that the principles from Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen’stheory of disruptive innovation can also be applied on an individual level. Just as companies like Netflix created a new market before competing directly with (and ultimately disrupting) Blockbuster, individuals stand a...

If You Want Happy Workers, Stop Treating Them Like Children

July 7, 2015 Recently, there’s been something of a happiness backlash against America’s obsession with feeling happy at work. That’s because some companies have been going about it in the wrong way, working on short-term solutions that tend to treat employees more like children than adults who add real value to an organization....

The Ultimate Office Perk: Not Having an Office

September 15, 2014 Tech behemoths and startups alike spend a fortune on creating plush offices with lots of perks. But arguably the biggest perk is allowing employees to work wherever they want, whenever they want. This is something Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg understood a decade ago when he launched the online publishing platform...

At These Tech Companies, the Biggest Office Perk is Getting Rid of the Office

September 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech behemoths and startups alike spend a fortune on creating plush offices with lots of perks. But arguably the biggest perk is allowing employees to work wherever they want, whenever they want. This is something Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg understood a decade ago when he launched the online publishing platform...

Zomato Has a “Deskless” Office so That Employees Never Get Too Complacent

July 25, 2014 Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal says it took six years to define his company’s culture. From the moment he founded the restaurant listing and review site in his New Delhi apartment in 2008, he’s been laser-focused on growth. Today, his message to his 750 employees is clear: stay in startup mode....

The Company That Wants Your To-Do List to Be Fun

July 15, 2014 6Wunderkinder is built on the philosophy of GTD: Getting Things Done. The company is founded on the belief that we need to free our minds of all distractions, no matter how minor. The philosophy, originally made popular by productivity guru David Allen, attracted a cult following and influenced the design...

Why It’s More Demanding to Work For an Organization Without a Traditional Hierarchy

February 13, 2014 Working without a manager might sound like a dream but the reality is that it’s often much more demanding. As companies like Zappos and Medium adopt self-governing structures, flat management is piquing the interest of myriad organizations—though it’s not entirely new. One of the most successful companies to pioneer a...

Maybe Workers Should Just Take Turns Being CEO

January 21, 2014 If you’re looking at a typical corporate org chart, there’s no better place to be than at the very top, but not every leader wants to stay there. On Monday, Jan. 13, WordPress Creator Matt Mullenweg announced that he was switching jobs with Toni Schneider, the former CEO of the...