Texts: Cool! What does it say? Emails: Oh God… what do they want? Phone call: I basically assume someone has died.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 17, 2013
I recently had the pleasure to meet Charlie Kim of a Manhattan based technology firm called Next Jump. He is a remarkable example of a founder and CEO that is all about seeing his employees grow, not only in skill but in character.
Charlie has developed multitude of internal company culture programs that range from an in-house mentor program, to fitness programs, as well an internal university.
He has also developed a staff inclusive hiring process that guarantees a new hire never to be fired. Charlie Kim sees a new hire similar to a family adopting a new family member. If your kid underperforms you nurture and help them, don’t kick them out.
Charlie’s work is nothing short of impressive and just like him, I want my employees to feel cared for and I want them to be proud to work for me.
Charlie is a huge role model to me when it comes to how he thinks about company culture. Watch his keynote at the Colorado Health Symposium and you’ll see why.
Simon Sinek mentions Charlie in his most recent TED talk.
1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.
2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
- Daniel Dennet
From this brain pickings blog post.
Here’s a beautiful and very private glimpse into the life of Brooklyn based designer and educator James Victore.
“I was already at my desk on my first day of work when Massimo arrived. As always, he filled the room with his oversized personality. Elegant, loquacious, gesticulating, brimming with enthusiasm. Massimo was like Zeus, impossibly wise, impossibly old. (He was, in fact, 49.) My education was about to begin.”
Michael Bierut remembering design legend Massimo Vignelli
In this brand new TED Talk Simon Sinek asks: What makes a great leader? He suggests it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
Me: “What do you think I do at work all day?”
Ella (8): “Sit at your computer and laugh!”
Dead on. The fact, that Ella knows my job makes me happy, is the *best thing ever*. Now I just have to help her find her path…
A few months ago, when Catherine Hoke, founder of Defy Ventures, spoke at CreativeMornings, she asked: “What if you were only known for the worst thing you’ve ever done in your life?” I remember how that question hit me in the gut. It’s a powerful one.
And she has built her calling around that question. She runs Defy Ventures to help ex-convicts get back on their feet, write a new promising chapter of their book. She wants to prove that it is in fact possible for people to make a 180-degree turn, change their habits, and start over! Defy is helping ex-convicts start their own businesses, and giving them a chance to change their path and repave their future.
My studiomates Bas and Hanne were so struck with Catherine’s mission that they offered to help her document and celebrate Defy Ventures graduates, let them tell their stories. And today, Judged.co went live.
Listen to these stories. I know they’ll inspire you too.
Animated adaptation of a commencement speech given by George Saunders at Syracuse University, May 2013.
Cindy Gallop is a modern day hero in my book. The work she is doing with her company Make Love Not Porn is nothing short of courageous and oh-so-incredibly-important in this day and age. As a mother of two, I want her message to spread. People need to understand the difference between porn and real world sex.
When you’re done with the talk, check out her site, makelovenotporn.tv.