Michael Ventura’s “Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership”

Sub Rosa's CEO and founder's first book on his brilliant philosophy and methodology

For some 15 years, we have been fans and friends of Michael Ventura—founder and CEO of Sub Rosa, whose entire working process is based on Applied Empathy, a methodology that strengthens empathetic minds and brings together insight and action, resulting in creative problem-solving and change. The term “empathy” can be confused with simply “being nice,” but Ventura has always explored into the term’s true meaning …

Amazon is Building Treehouses for Employees

Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is on the brink of an impressive new renovation. Outdoing free candy, nap rooms or massages, the corporation is going to offer employees a greenhouse complete with treehouses, an indoor creek and some 3,000 species of plants—many of which are endangered. While the irony of Amazon—who creates a lot of waste and recycling with their packaging—building a greenhouse won’t be lost on …

How One Dutch Company Promotes Work/Life Balance

In the Netherlands, a creative agency is using one simple trick to promote a better work/life balance for its workers: they take away desks precisely at 6PM. The company, called Heldergroen, has rigged its desks to simply lift off their supports and float up into the ceiling, along with computers, keyboards and anything else that’s left on the surface. At that point in time, workers …