Quotes on productivity and distance

“As the distance between two people increases, the information communicated between them decreases dramatically – even more dramatically when they’re in different countries.”

Managing the Unmanageable (Mantle and Litchy

“The bulk of the hassle in adjusting to remote work exists as soon as you’re not sitting in the same office. The difference then beween sitting in the same city, the same coast, or even the same country is neglibible. Once you’ve formed good remote working habits, the lack of proximity between coworkers will start mattering so little that you’ll forget exactly where people are.”

Remote. Office not required. (Friend and DHH)

Is productivity inversely proportional to the squared of the distance?

Distance matters, not for the sake of distance itself. Distance matters because it makes harder having ocasional personal interaction. And distance matters because it makes harder to overlap.

Good news is, the more passionate and profesional people are, the less distance affects. And working remote will allow to hire the best passionate professionals in the world

Related: “[..]is hard to find a passionate person who lacks one or the other. Find the ones with passion and you can count they’ll bring their interest and professionalism with them. ” (Interest + Professionalism = Passion)


Why do you work here? (2/3)

In the first post of this series we agree (at least I did 🙂 ) on the fact that when facing a better job option, we change ships.

Hard part is … What makes an option really better?

  • Money. You’ll need to feel fairly paid according to the market and to your co-workers, even though money is not a great motivator for work,
  • Time. Having a more convenient schedule, less or better distributed hours, is always an advantage and will become mandatory if you have to take care of kids or sick people.
  • Knowledge. Having the chance to deal with interesting, brand-new things or people to learn from on a daily basis is principal.

You could argue that there are many more motivators for working. I agree. The kind of things Maslow proposed. But when deciding to change ships is difficult to know if you’re going to feel recognized by your peers or increase your sense of belonging. While, on the other hand, having more money and time available, and the technologies or the markets you’re going to work in, could be easily known and agreed during the negotiation stage of the hiring process.

So, please, look at this three circles.


Whenever you look for a new job, you are trying to move yourself from the surroundings, into the center of the picture, which is the sweet spot.


Related: Quotes on Money, Love and Retribution. “Once the previous is done, if someone is asking for more money, chances are she’s really asking for more love”

Related: Quote on Passion on Working.

Why do you work here? (1/3)

I was a rookie then, and we were waiting for the Human Resources Manager. He was coming from Madrid to sign our raises after our first year working for that multinational company. It was a happy waiting.

But after the first greetings, the old man ask us with his croaky voice…

Guys, why do you work here?

He caught us off guard. We barely managed to mutter some words about how big and important the company was, how much we were learning and the great opportunity that working inside the client’s headquarter was.

Then, an awkward silence.

More silence.

And more…

And then, he answered:

The reason you work here is the same reason I work here too. We don’t have a better place to work for.

What could looks cynical, is pretty rational.

Should any of us had a better option on the table, we would have change ships. Being actively looking for this option or not, didn’t make any difference.

So, when facing a better option, we change. Hard part is … What makes an option really better?



What’s the song that sounds while you interview candidates?

Hiring people is starting a relationship. What’s the original sound track of your process?

Maybe you are interviewing to the rhythm of Bonnie Tyler. Looking for strong, fast and fresh heroes, because your company’s survival depends on them.

I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight

Heroes are handy for start-ups and rapid-growing business, where and when fulfilling short-term needs is top priority.

On the other hand you could sing Tina Turner’s We don’t need another hero.

Looking for something
We can rely on
There`s gotta be something better out there
All else are castles built in the air
And I wonder when we are ever gonna change
Living under the fear till nothing else remains

All the children say
We don`t need another hero

Companies trying to strengthen their foundations, searching for scalability and growth, don’t need heroes anymore.

heroes.pngAnd there is a third option. You can sing The Chainsmokers’ Something like this.

I’ve been reading books of old
The legends and the myths
Achilles and his gold
Hercules and his gifts
Spiderman’s control

And Batman with his fists
And clearly I don’t see myself upon that list

But she said, where’d you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some superhero
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can kiss
I want something just like this
I want something just like this

Hiring people is starting a relationship. The interview is not only a filter to separate the ones who fit from those who not. The interview is the very first big moment for making the candidate fall in love with your company.
If you are able to make him want to work with you, it would be much easier for you when/if you reach the negotiation stage.
Hiring people is starting a relationship. Take care of what sounds when interviewing. It would be your first song. And the candidate will remember it.