In recent years, I have seen a number of popular books try to describe what makes some workplaces more positive or successful than others.
Business failure: everyone runs from it and no one wants to be associated with it. But maybe that’s the wrong attitude.
One day at work, I asked my boss what I thought was an innocent question, “Hey, what time does the meeting start?” My boss replied, “DIDN’T you read the memo?” Yes, in fact I had. I had read all 7 memos sent that day, and each had a different time for when the meeting started — each made sure to bury those times in an endless mass of text. What could have been a 5-second informative response turned into 5-second condescending passive-aggressive non-answer.
Tucker Max fired me, two days before Christmas.
I was the first full-time employee at his new startup, Book In A Box. I quit my corporate job, and moved to Austin, Texas, at the start of 2015. I lived there for three months and then came back to the UK and worked remotely from home.