Weekly Link Roundup in Management, Innovation, and Culture - 20th April

Why Freelancing is dominating the workforce (The Next Web) Lessons in Scaling Startup Culture from Shopify’s Harley Finkelstein (Canadian Business) Great quote: « We don’t let the title define the role; we let the role define the title. My job at Shopify hasn’t been to oversee sales or another specific area—it’s been to add as much value as I can.“ Ideo: The 7 Most Important Hires For Creating A Culture Of Innovation (Fast Company) Why the five-day week isn’t working – for our brains or business (Telegraph) Corporate culture is most powerful influence on financial performance (Denver Post) ‘One question I always ask a client when performing a cultural assessment is « How much time do you spend with your employees after 5 p.m.? » Having a beer, playing a round of golf or playing softball shows a human face and empathy that build good relationships and demonstrate both individual concern and trust.’ How To Get a Raise Without Asking For One (Fortune) Millennials will take a happier workplace over better pay (USA Today) In fact, 25- to 35-year-olds said they’d be willing to give up an average of $7,600 in pay for a better situation at the office, such as more career development and a healthier work/life balance.” The six-hour work day could be coming to an office near you (Telegraph) “Four in 10 bosses said they believed their staff would be just as productive in six hours as in eight hours” Performance reviews: will machines replace managers? (The Australian Business Review) Research from US firm Corporate Executive Board found two-thirds of employees receiving the highest scores in a typical performance management system “are not actually the organisation’s highest performers” How Politically Correct Should the Workplace Be? (The Atlantic) Workaholics: Let Google’s machine learning tool solve your work-life balance problems (TechRepublic) – leverage machine intelligence to find time to work out more, spend more time with family, or learn a new skill! Don’t Call It the “End of the Siesta”: What Spain’s New Work Hours Really Mean (HBR) HubSpot executives respond to book that mocked company (Boston Globe) Nest CEO Tony Fadell went to Google’s all-hands meeting to defend Nest. Here’s what he said. (re/code) “After a spate of damning articles about Nest, CEO Tony Fadell came to the weekly staff meeting of sister company Google to counter the negative press and defend Nest’s corporate culture” – Insight into “Googlegeist”; Google’s internal employee survey system. Innovative Companies Get Their Best Ideas from Academic Research — Here’s How They Do It (HBR) The On-Demand Economy Is Growing, and Not Just for the Young and Wealthy (HBR) “The on-demand economy is attracting more than 22.4 million consumers annually and $57.6 billion in spending. The largest category of on-demand spending is online marketplaces (e.g. Ebay, Etsy), with 16.3 million consumers each month spending almost $36 billion annually. Transportation (e.g. Uber, Lyft) comes in second with 7.3 million monthly consumers and $5.6 billion in annual spending, followed by food/grocery delivery (e.g. Instacart) at 5.5 million monthly consumers and $4.6 billion annual spending. Other on-demand services including home services (e.g. TaskRabbit), freelancer services (e.g. Elance), and health and beauty services (e.g. StyleSeat) account for $8.1 billion in spending each year, and all other on-demand activity comes in at $3.8 billion.” And here’s how you fit Elon Musk’s CV on one page… Elon Musk CV