Deconstructing the myth of workaholics in web teams

Deconstructing the myth of workaholics in web teams

There's a huge misunderstanding in our industry: people think of workaholism as a badge of honour. In reality this is a badge of shame.

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  1. Deconstructing the myth of workaholism in web teams

  2. A badge of honor?

  3. Definition

  4. Definition Working for 10 or 12 or 14 or even

    more hours per day, weekends included, for a few months.
  5. Definition (who isn’t) Business owners

  6. Definition (who isn’t) Freshmen

  7. On good web teams

  8. On good web teams Good teams win!

  9. On good web teams Synergy

  10. On good web teams A sensitive ecosystem

  11. On good web teams The frightening invisible bonds grown among

    team members (Spoiler: Barcelona)
  12. On good web teams 40 hours/week are enough (Startups included)

    -bit.ly/GJ0uxW -bit.ly/17u5VOS
  13. On good web teams Workaholics break: - synergy - the

    invisible bonds - 40hrs/week -bit.ly/GJ0uxW -bit.ly/17u5VOS
  14. The profile of a workaholic

  15. The profile of a workaholic The next door nerd With

    no personal life
  16. Insecurity Low self esteem, antagonism, authoritarianism, fear of failure, perfectionism

    etc The profile of a workaholic
  17. Power and money is the antidote A need to constantly

    prove to themselves and to others their superiority The profile of a workaholic
  18. An addiction with bad consequences The profile of a workaholic

    -bit.ly/tme5jb
  19. The attractiveness of workaholics

  20. The attractiveness of workaholics Why bosses love workaholics

  21. The attractiveness of workaholics Case study: A committed lead programmer

  22. The attractiveness of workaholics Case study: A project manager with

    guts
  23. The fake glow of workaholism

  24. The fake glow of workaholism A shortsighted, not very smart

    strategy
  25. The fake glow of workaholism > A shortsighted strategy Skott

    Berkun: Simply outworking other people can have a negative effect on others: that 5x improvement may create a -2x impact on everyone else: if the star demoralizes others and goes out of his way to embarrasses them with his talent, morale and productivity are sure to drop. -bit.ly/109b4xD
  26. Even the most productive employees can't keep working with such

    intensity for too long The fake glow of workaholism > A shortsighted strategy
  27. The fake glow of workaholism It stimulates people express even

    worse parts of their personality
  28. When a team struggles to cope with an impossible project,

    its members tend to become fighters. This incredible pressure reduces dramatically the overall quality of work and people start competing with each other. The fake glow of workaholism > The worst parts
  29. The team is transformed into a herd and the project

    fails. The fake glow of workaholism > The worst parts
  30. A bitter end: the team is broken and its members

    are deranged The fake glow of workaholism
  31. Not all workaholics are bad people but... the worst ones

    will first appear as workaholics The fake glow of workaholism
  32. A badge of shame

  33. Working with workaholics

  34. Follow the others Working with workaholics

  35. Stand your ground Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake

    off this creeping malaise. If I don't stand my own ground, how can I find my way out of this maze? Pink Floyd - Dogs Fighting workaholism
  36. Fighting workaholism

  37. To business owners (with love):

  38. Fighting workaholism Do you dare to create and lead a

    real team? Stop burning people out
  39. Workaholism and working hard are two fucking different things Fighting

    workaholism
  40. Fighting workaholism Cut the bullshit, please

  41. Fire the Workaholics -bit.ly/Iq4Lz

  42. Yiannis Konstantakopoulos porcupinecolors.com twitter.com/yiannis_k