So, where to begin? Oh yeah, Sunday: Nothing says “launch” quite like your core values coin floating 18 miles high above your planet and returning to Earth with must-see video of its space travel.
Monday, core value: Constantly Push Boundaries
Said Mike Johnson: “Just a bit of recap on how our core values came to be: last year, we spent considerable time reviewing some of our most crucial decisions in some of the defining moments of our company’s past, and we distilled our actions into what we believe are The Nerdery’s core values: Constantly Push Boundaries; Be Humble; Integrity in All Circumstances; Solve Problems Pragmatically; Win By Empowering People. Look at our core values in context of our vision statement, ‘We will be the best place in the world for nerds to work.’ Our vision and core values give us guidance on two important questions: A.) What are we trying to accomplish and B.) How are we going to make decisions to get there? As Co-Presidents, we’re empowered to do a lot of things. Our core values help make sure we make consistent choices. If you’re ever in doubt, just ask yourself, ‘What would The Nerdery do?’ And do just that. If it’s consistent with our core values, it’s the right thing to do. That said, it’s Monday, and I jumped at the opportunity to share my perspective on today’s core value, Constantly Push Boundaries. I believe that Meghan Casey is an excellent example of pushing boundaries within our organization. Coming from a consultancy that focused primarily on content strategy, Meghan joined The Nerdery with a relatively unusual set of skills. Instead of hastily changing our existing processes, she found ways to highlight things we were already doing and inspired other members of the team to integrate the principles of content strategy into their design methods. Not only has the team and our clients benefited from this movement, we’ve also become well known in the community as content strategy thought leaders due to Meghan’s efforts speaking locally and abroad.”
Activity: Bigger and Better. Everyone was given a paperclip and simple instructions to trade it for something bigger and/or better, and keep trading up.
Tuesday, core value: Be Humble
Said Mark Hurlburt: “Humility is a core value at the Nerdery – not because we insist that _you_ to be humble, but because _we_ need to be. “Be Humble” is a directive that establishes The Nerdery as a democracy of ideas. Humility works hand in hand with Co-Presidency to say that it doesn’t matter what your business card says, you might have the answer to a problem that helps us move the company forward, and it’s a responsibility – not a privilege – to share those ideas with the rest of us. That means people at every level, in every department, sharing their thoughts on the issues we face as a company. Even if it’s not your job, it’s your job. It’s your company. We don’t always know where the next big idea will spring from, so we listen to everyone. All of us are smarter than any of us, and Be Humble is the core value that makes sure we don’t forget. It’s hard to think about humility at The Nerdery without running into memories of our own Tom O’Neill. Consider these humble words from Tom, hired way back when as a developer: ‘These days, I wouldn’t stand a chance of getting hired here as a developer. Our standards are high and the competition fierce. If I’m ever trying to come across as the smartest technology guy in the room, leave that room as fast as you can.’ Tom was a good developer, and he’s become an even better leader, and it’s because he’s humble about learning everything he can, from anyone at all. And he deserves huge credit for humbly giving due credit to everyone else. He’s our greatest cheerleader, and the root of being so stoked is being humble. Tom knows that when you succeed, we succeed. And we succeed because we’re not afraid to fail, and because we know the best ideas will win.”
Activity: EC Diner, with breakfast humbly served to hungry Nerds by the executive committee. Read more