OG Tuesday Issue #125

The Assist Newsletter
February 14, 2023
Start your morning with this affirmation:
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💕 Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕
Today’s checklist: Meet some new social platforms, give voice typing another chance, create a culture of accountability, and learn about a few popular motivation theories.


The new social platforms on the block


Mastodon Social

Their promise: “We will never serve ads or push profiles for you to see. That means your data and your time are yours and yours alone.”

3 characteristics:

  • Independent
  • Algorithm-free
  • Ad-free


Their promise: “Discover opportunities to collaborate with other professionals. Partner on side projects, speak on podcasts, beta test new apps & more. You’ll never be bored again.”

3 characteristics:

  • Community-first
  • Expression
  • Collaborative

Hive Social

Their promise: “Bringing back what you used to love about social media in a new way. Profile music, text and image posts, polls, Q&A, and so much more!”

3 characteristics:

  • Chronological display
  • Individual curation
  • Organic


Their promise: “A new and unique way to discover who your friends really are in their daily life.”

3 characteristics:

  • Authenticity
  • Timeliness
  • Intimacy


Their promise: “We are the first and only social network donating profits from advertising to incredible causes and charities.”

3 characteristics:

  • Altruism
  • Impact
  • Inclusivity


Their promise: “A woman’s body, creativity, and money are her business, and we want women creators to have an entrepreneurial space that is really, truly theirs to own. A space that gives women more control and more freedom.”

3 characteristics:

  • Unfiltered
  • Expression
  • Empowerment


Recognize good work in your team while doing good for the planet



Evergreen is the only peer-to-peer recognition app that lets teams recognize a job well done, while planting trees for the planet.

Why we ❤️ Evergreen:

  • 🔗 Integrates with Slack and Microsoft Teams
  • 👌 User-friendly, with no learning curve
  • 🌳 Allows your team to plant trees and offset C02 emissions
  • 😌 Reminds you to give recognition, fostering positive vibes within your team

👉 Start feeling good about work


Voice typing gets an upgrade


Voice typing has always had the potential to be a time saver. A recent Google Docs update could actualize that potential by making transcription smoother. In other words, your voice-to-text notes might more closely resemble what came out of your mouth than a hodgepodge someone might mutter in their sleep.

Revisit the possibilities of voice-to-text typing by opening a Google doc, heading to the Tools tab, and selecting Voice typing.


Explainer: Creating a culture of accountability


Accountability Facts and Figures

  • About a quarter of workplace leaders believe 10-20% of their employees shirk accountability. [Monday.com]
  • Most employees (84%) find leadership behavior a key influencer of accountability. [Monday.com]
  • 21% of employees feel powerless to control the metrics they’re often held accountable for. [Forbes]
  • 80% of employees report getting feedback only after things go wrong. [Culture.io]
  • Nearly half of workers only receive feedback a few times a year or less. [Gallup]

But what is “accountability” anyway?

Accountability goes deeper than just meeting goals or hitting targets. Accountability means you don’t just follow the rules. You accept responsibility for a goal. You commit to making things better without being instructed to do so.

If you agree to let your child have a pet, you probably expect them to be accountable for taking care of said pet. Ideally, they don’t wait for instructions. They feed the pet because they know it must be hungry. They walk the pet because they know it needs exercise. That’s accountability.

In some ways, accountability is simply caring deeply about what you do. Or at least, caring about what you do, leads to accountability.

Culture of Accountability Basics

  • Remember: The first step toward cultivating accountability is defining precisely what people are accountable for.
  • Provide frequent feedback on the areas they’re accountable for. “Feedback can come from customer or employee surveys, ongoing project updates, key listening posts with critical stakeholders, or some combination of these,” say the experts at Gallup.
  • Instead of holding people accountable, encourage them to practice holding themselves accountable. “While we are each responsible for practicing accountability before it is demanded of us,” writes Piper Anderson in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “organizations can help individuals and teams practice accountability by implementing policies that prioritize accountability and make it a cultural norm.”
  • Focus on relationships. “Relationships—not position—are the ultimate tool for influencing the performance of others,” writes Randy Pennington for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Magazine.

Want even more? You can take an entire class on Creating a Culture of Accountability With business and leadership growth coach Mark Green.


We Love a Good Template


Monday.com banner

We’ve compared monday.com to the Swiss army knife of project management softwares — and they’ve taken it up a notch by launching industry specific templates.

Here are some of our fave templates that you can use today (for free):

For HR & Recruiting:

For EAs/Admins/Operations:

See more templates


Theoretically motivated


Everyone experiences a lapse in drive once in a while. Maybe you just joined a new organization that lacks the kind of structure and ambitious personalities you’re used to. Maybe you’re distracted, stressed, or burnt out. Maybe you have no idea why you just don’t seem to care like you used to.You might find solutions, answers, or even just a little clarity by reviewing popular motivation theories like the ones below.

Locke’s goal-setting theory

According to this theory, motivation can be increased by:

  • Setting challenging goals that aren’t overly complex
  • Giving yourself deadlines
  • Sharing goals to get feedback and to create accountability

McClelland’s three needs theory

According to this theory, motivation can be increased by:

  • Determining your motivation preference: power, affiliation, or achievement.
    • Achievement: Setting plenty of moderately challenging goals
    • Power: Taking the lead on more projects
    • Affiliation: Focusing on quality relationships

Optimal functioning hypothesis

According to this theory, motivation can be increased by:

  • Honing specific skills and talents
  • Minimizing the presence of anxiety and self-consciousness triggers
  • Choosing goals that push but do not surpass your abilities

Processing efficiency theory

According to this theory, motivation can be increased by:

  • Identifying anxiety triggers
  • Managing anxiety, with support if necessary


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