The best measure of an employee is how well she mentors others

“Most companies measure performance based on individual accomplishments. But that system doesn’t reward people for a lot of essential behind-the-scenes work. And it can reward people that either take credit for others’ work, or are better at showing off than working. The traditional approach sometimes advances the wrong people, and can end up hurting companies, Grant argues.”

http://qz.com/197420/the-best-measure-of-an-employee-is-how-well-she-mentors-others/

Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull

“Many have attempted to formulate and categorize inspiration and creativity. What Ed Catmull shares instead is his astute experience that creativity isn’t strictly a well of ideas, but an alchemy of people. In Creativity, Inc. Ed reveals, with commonsense specificity and honesty, examples of how not to get in your own way and how to realize a creative coalescence of art, business, and innovation.” -George Lucas

http://www.amazon.com/Creativity-Inc-Overcoming-Unseen-Inspiration/dp/0812993012/

Letter to a Junior Designer from A List Apart

“You’re damn talented. But in your eagerness to prove it, you sometimes rush toward a solution. You pluck an idea from the branch and throw it onto the plate before it has time to ripen. Don’t mistake speed for precocity: the world doesn’t need wrong answers in record time.”

http://alistapart.com/column/letter-to-a-junior-designer

Some good advice for younger folks regardless of profession.

People Skills for Web Workers

“This is the era of cross-platform digital services, fast networks, and mobile devices. Sounds like the ideal time to be a person who makes websites. So why do we feel frustrated so often? Why do we experience burnout or depression? What makes it difficult to do work that has meaning, that satisfies us? The problem is that we need to collaborate, but we haven’t focused on developing our people skills.”

http://alistapart.com/article/people-skills-for-web-workers

Matt Mullenweg on holding “Auditions”

“…every final candidate to work with us for three to eight weeks on a contract basis. Candidates do real tasks alongside the people they would actually be working with if they had the job…The goal is not to have them finish a product or do a set amount of work; it’s to allow us to quickly and efficiently assess whether this would be a mutually beneficial relationship. They can size up Automattic while we evaluate them.

http://hbr.org/2014/04/the-ceo-of-automattic-on-holding-auditions-to-build-a-strong-team/ar/pr

Automattic seems like a cool place to work.