What if we designed our work communities to support deliberative disagreements?

The topic of “distracting political discourse” at work has made big news. …

My father likes to tell the story of when he went to the financial aid office at Carleton College, a liberal-arts school outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Mr. Frein, we are here to help you apply for what your son will need. Half of our students are on financial assistance of…

Today, schools shut down in Austin, TX and my 5 year-old and 8 year-old woke to the happy news (for them!) that they wouldn’t be going to school. Then we went to the grocery store to stock up a bit and stood in a 30-minute check out line.

The anxiety…

I’m turning the big 5–0 in 2020 and fortunately haven’t been hit with any of the standard crises of “midlife” (optimistically thinking 49 is possibly a life midpoint!). No desire to buy a sports car, although I would love to pick up a blue Gibson SG custom shop electric guitar…

I have wanted to do a short piece series on remote tools for a while. We are still in the infancy, in my view, of the remote work revolution (RWR) and the technology platforms that enable it are evolving rapidly. As well, competition is becoming fierce and the stakes considerable…

Company culture has become big business. Last week, Culture Amp, perhaps the leading “culture tech” company world-wide secured $82m in funding pushing it into “unicorn” territory (at least from an Australian dollar perspective). As someone that has been both a customer and fan of Culture Amp for almost a decade…

How to Make the Best of On-sites When Off-site/Remote is the Norm

At InVision, one of the largest fully-distributed companies in the world, we have an ongoing challenge of how to get the biggest impact from the rare occasions when groups of us gather in person.

There is a natural inclination to gather people together for “rhythm of the business” moments: quarterly…

The notion of ennobling character traits or virtues has a long history. Greek philosopher Aristotle described a system of ethics based on virtues of character. Chinese philosophers including Confucius articulated similar ways of understanding “doing right” as “being good” — i.e., being an upstanding person by habit and self-discipline.

Prominent…

I’m Mark, and I work at InVision, one of the largest all-remote/distributed workplaces in the world. In the last few years, remote organizations have sprung up across the startup technology landscape. When I joined InVision just over 2 years ago, “all remote” or “officeless” workplaces still raised eyebrows. Some of…

I’ve worked with quite a few top teams at this point in my career running the gamut from executive teams at start-ups, non-profits, mid-sized professional services companies, or multi-billion-dollar public corporations. My experience has led me to a working thesis about top team dynamics:

The interpersonal dynamics of an executive…

Mark Frein

Failed Philosopher, Musician, HR/Startup Executive, Game Enthusiast, Imaginarian

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