EP 5: Politics In The Workplace With Special Guest Marc Andreessen
In this episode of The Good Time Show, Aarthi and Sriram covered a timely yet tricky topic - politics in the workplace - with special guest, Marc Andreessen. We covered the history of politics at work, with companies like IBM, where we are currently, advice for founders and startups as they think about setting policies on "bringing your whole self to work" and more.
On Marc Andreessen
00:00 - Introduction
04:25 - ‘Mad Men’ workplace
06:30 - ‘Bring your whole self to work’
13:19 - Marc’s first job and layoffs
17:46 - The case against workplace activism
19:35 - Asabiyah (Group cohesion)
21:50 - Road to hell is paved with good intentions
26:40 - GE, GM, IBM era of productivity
29:35 - Qualities of a good workplace
32:10 - Holocracies and Iron Law of Oligarchy
37:35 - Poor leadership
42:25 - Winning vs doing the right thing
46:15 - Why do employees quit?
50:51 - Employee perspective
53:55 - Havel’s essay “Workers of the world unite”
58:30 - Does the egalitarian ethos of open source and web3 scale?
01:03:16 - What is good leadership?