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5 Ways to Empower Your Team

Layla Foord

Get out of the way so your team can go Provide a clear road and destination, don’t give specific directions, they’ll make their own way there

This week I was on a panel at Slush Down Under in Melbourne, discussing ways to attract talent to your start-up. We quickly moved on to the more interesting topic of when you actually start to look for people to fill the gaps you have in the business.

It often comes down to the same thing.

The temptation for many founders is to continue to do all the thinking themselves and stock up on people who can do the work. But I’ve seen time and time again, founders with dozens of direct reports who are fulfilling on orders rather than delivering outcomes.

This isn’t wrong, it’s normal. You’re the thinker, you know how you want things done and it is quicker to just tell somebody how to do it. At the beginning it probably is.

But soon…

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Here’s a few words I wrote on another blog, in 2008, about Tim Berners=Lee.

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Tim Berners-Lee

“The experience of the development of the web by so many people collaborating across the globe has just been a fantastic experience,” …

“The experience of international collaboration continues. Also the spirit that really we have only started to explore the possibilities of [the web], that continues.” …

“What’s exciting is that people are building new social systems, new systems of review, new systems of governance.”…

“My hope is that those will produce… new ways of working together effectively and fairly which we can use globally to manage ourselves as a planet.”

– Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web1 on the BBC website

Today we love…Tim Berners-Lee

The first time I ever used the World Wide Web was in 1994 or 1995 (I can’t remember which), at my university computer lab. Theoretically all of the workstations could access the web but only if you were…

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The song in the “There’s Nothing Normal About Asthma Symptoms”, TV commercial


If you’ve been watching the Olympics in Australia on Channel 9, you may have seen an ad about asthma. Seems to be some type of asthma awareness/subliminal “buy our meds” thing AKA “There’s Nothing Normal About Asthma Symptoms”.

Anyhow, in case you were wondering what the song that the woman is listening to on her iPod is, it’s by Melbourne band Minibikes. The song is called (slightly ironically) “Kill to Feel”. It’s on an album called For Woods or Trail.

There are only a few bars in the advertisement (which is probably a good thing), but you can listen to the it or the whole album, on Bandcamp.

The CD isn’t out until September, but you can already get it on iTunes.

My previous post has their video for “Oh Japan”, which is on the same album.

I’m putting this up here because the actual video doesn’t seem to be on the site that is promoted in the advert, and there seems to be no mention that I can find about the song.

And yes, I do know the band.

Update – I tracked down the advert on Vimeo, and you can see it here.

Update – the album was officially released on 14 Sept. The album launch is at the Northcote Social Club on 6 October.

Minibikes – Oh Japan

Oh Japan by Minibikes