JoMI uses FairSetup

Journal of Medical Insight (http://www.jomi.com) has recently soft-launched.  We’re proud to say that JoMI is one of the companies that uses FairSetup for both operational management and to drive compensation.

JoMI is a particularly interesting case due to use of FairSetup at the inception of the company to set up a dynamic equity model, where all employees are partners and the angel investor’s investment is treated in a manner that is similar to partners’ efforts.

We are looking to seeing how JoMI goes, but are excited to the less-trivial equity (as compared to bonus-only-model) in action.

TLNT: The One Habit You Really Need to Achieve Long-Term Goals

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.40.07 AMOur Summary: Being very strict on small details in the workplace leads to the establishment of a more disciplined and professional culture when it comes to big issues. Specific examples of where managers ought to step up are late meetings and missed deadlines.

Our Take: The philosophy behind the article is certainly sound; it is vital that an organization be serious about deadlines, meetings, and the like. Such an attitude will lead to more focused and motivated teams, and in the long term, better results. There is, however, such a thing as being too serious. In this article, our author may be guilty of just that.  Continue reading

FairSetup Partners with Center for Effective Organizations at USC

CEO LogoFairSetup is proud to announce that we are partnering with the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.  CEO will work with FairSetup when requested to collect and analyze performance-related data, to ensure that our technology generates business benefits, and to estimate the ROI of FairSetup.  Read more about the partnership here.

More about CEO is available at http://ceo.usc.edu.

WSJ: Yes, Everyone Really Does Hate Performance Reviews

image_thumb.pngOur Summary: Performance Reviews, as long-cycle (date-driven) top-down insincere processes, are an abomination that should be replaced by short-cycle (regular) conversation where boss and manager are codependent.

Our take: While Culbert doesn’t offer solutions per se, the very fact that WSJ posts something so black and white supports our approach.  At this point, “Performance Reviews” really is taken to mean “long-cycle reviews” and here we completely agree.  However, short-cycle reviews are still reviews, so we believe that the solution being proposed (albeit vague) is also a performance review…  just a short-cycle review that is integrated into management. Continue reading

BI: Radical Transparency Makes Employees Happier, More Productive And Loyal

Our summary: lack of transparency creates opportunity for problems.  No lack, no problem. Namaste Solar is successfully transparent about salary information.  SumAll is transparent about cap table.  Transparency and and having everyone participate results in better culture and retention.

Our take: YES!  We are big believers in radical transparency.  Bridgewater is worth mentioning.  That said, it is important to ensure structured communication and distribution of information, or transparency may affect scalability.  It is also important to couple transparency with fair treatment/compensation and a voice. Continue reading