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danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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5/30/2016 | 5:20:54 PM
Re: Seriously?
Aside from the possible work-life balance issues here, I think this is a good idea. The problem with larger organizations and innovation is that there are too many cooks in the kitchen to make real progress. This microculture idea is a good one to try to avoid a problem that plagues big companies. 
brooks7
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brooks7,
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5/28/2016 | 10:22:58 AM
Re: Seriously?
Doesn't matter.

That is the trade-off...its a gamble.  You trade a few years of your life to make life changing money as a possibility.

Can you imagine trading say 3 years of your life for 50K?  That is a $100K bonus check after taxes in CA.  And it is not confirmed that there is no risk in that either. 

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jayakd0
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jayakd0,
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5/28/2016 | 2:21:39 AM
Re: Seriously?
Wish I too knew the figures :) Ultimately it all depends on one's own priorities and tradeoffs to be part of such teams! That is why I excluded the "ambitious (on fortunes)" guys from such groups.  

On another note, curious, why no one cares to check the % of startups which have made those big bucks and what happens to those who have toiled for the remaining %, not so lucky?
brooks7
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brooks7,
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5/28/2016 | 12:59:18 AM
Re: Seriously?
So, you think they are giving them multi-million dollar cash bonuses?  I don't think so.

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jayakd0
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jayakd0,
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5/27/2016 | 9:30:08 PM
Re: Seriously?
@Mitch Wagner: The concept of Alpha teams Pankaj Patel created inside Cisco is to get a startup culture inside the organisation setting up nimble teams to innovate faster and better, while giving the secure fealing (of an established organsiation) to the teams concerned!

@Seven: Hope Cisco would have created similar carrots for these teams! It is true that ambitious guys can't be stopped (from starting up on their own) with such concepts, but this should be a great way to retain talent keeping them away from the monotonous day to day escalations, part of such big organisations!
brooks7
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brooks7,
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5/27/2016 | 7:02:15 PM
Re: Seriously?
And the whole point of the early startup is that you get a significant number of shares that go from pennies per share to dollars per share at the time of the IPO.  In a successful IPO, people can get life changing money from that event.  Cisco can't realistically provide that.

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Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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5/27/2016 | 4:48:21 PM
Re: Seriously?
But Cisco is not a startup. 

 
jayakd0
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jayakd0,
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5/26/2016 | 10:55:47 PM
Re: Seriously?
when you work in a startup culture, it is but natural that work-life balance gets affected atleast during those peak periods of project activity!

as the dining table is a powerful stress buster enabling collaborations through informal (and relaxed) conversations, hope this unbalance gets offset to some extent :) also, if this can make those frequently interrupting (and cursed) meetings avoidable, why not?

as long as these rules are not casted in stone, teams should benefit immensely.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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5/26/2016 | 2:05:24 PM
Seriously?
"Team members are also required to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner together on six days of the week, conference attendees were told."

Sounds horrible. Hard enough to achieve work-life balance in this industry without your employer making it forbidden.

And service providers and vendors complain they can't hire the talent they need, and wonder why. 


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