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Adapted from a talk Klaas Kersting (the CEO of flaregames) held at HackFwd's Build 0.10 event in Berlin.

Adapted from a talk Klaas Kersting (the CEO of flaregames) held at HackFwd's Build 0.10 event in Berlin.

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Keeping your company a*hole-free Keeping your company a*hole-free Presentation Transcript

  • All content in this presentation © flaregames GmbHKeeping a company asshole-free! [Klaas Kersting, CEO, flaregames]
  • Who‘s talking?Some context about Klaas
  • And flaregames is…… a focused team of industry veterans and fresh talent.… creative, chaotic, sometimes loud, but always communicative, verytransparent und approachable.… 35 dedicated people with a common goal.
  • We create mobile games:… 2 games out, 4 in production, more to come.… free to play, high production value, made with passion WORK IN PROGRES
  • Why asshole-free?We can‘t all be nice guys all the time, can‘t we?
  • Well, there seems to be… …a market for asshole counter- measures
  • Surrounded by jerks!
  • Why be asshole-free?I know any number of successful assholes.
  • Why be asshole-free?I know any number of successful assholes.
  • In short: assholes lower the output of quality product of a company. Look: Boss Office ProductDev PR IT
  • In a big company, a single asshole may easily be ignored (except in his dept). Boss Office ProductDev PR IT
  • In a startup, everything is interdependent. A single asshole may cause much harm. Mkt Dev Product IT
  • Told you. Broken. MktDev ProductIT
  • Who‘s an asshole?Sutton defined the dirty dozen of unpleasant behaviours:The list was compiled mostly with mobbing in mind.
  • Who else? But there‘s more, far more types of asshole: The Exploiter (“can you do it for me?”) The Ego (“I made this! Look! Look! Me! Me!”) The Suit (“let’s have meeting first”) The gossiper (“did you hear, X said…”) The Black Hole (“Huh? Did I not tell you that?”) Et cetera.
  • How to avoid them? 1. Don‘t hire them in the first place2. Create an atmosphere that‘s asshole-toxic 3. Don‘t be one yourself (it‘ll rub off)
  • Scare them off: flaregames‘ recruiting formula: personality is worth more than skill
  • Recognize them early: 1. they badmouth 2. they drain energy 3. they say I a lot 4. they get angry easily5. they don‘t take critizism well
  • Hire carefully This is how we hire somebody: 1. Meet her informally, for a beer 2. Meet her formally in the office 3. Give her a very hard task to perform4. Have her present the results before the task 5. Have the team vote on her
  • Think about the atmosphere 1. Be open, always 2. Don‘t reward bootlicking 3. Give people a chance to speak up 4. Don‘t incentize with money 5. Don‘t build circles („us“ vs. „them“)
  • Questions, please
  • Contact us! Klaas Kersting, Founder CEOflaregames GmbH, Kaiserstr. 146-148, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germanyflaregames.com | twitter.com/flaregames | facebook.com/flaregamespr@flaregames.com