Skip the Picnic, Become an Action Here at Your Next Company Outing
The Stunt Ranch outside of Austin, Texas teaches people how to be an action hero for a day. Founder Steve Wolf says companies come to his stunt ranch for a day or weekend of fun and learning. Performing stunts teaches workers to trust, be confident and take risks. Learning to shoot a gun or jump off a twenty-foot ledge onto an air bag forces people to step outside their comfort zones and this can translate into the way they approach work.
In Chapter 1 of 20 software entrepreneur Dan Street shares how he has embraced the challenges starting a business. He notes the lifestyle changes associated with becoming an entrepreneur - constant focus on the business, less sleep, and less social time. He finds meaning in learning the ropes - hiring, raising capital, and learning all aspects of the business - as he works on his vision. Street is the founder and CEO of Austin, Texas based Borrowed Sugar.
In Chapter 8 of 21 in her 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, entrepreneur Audrey Parker answers "How Has Going Through a Full Cycle of Starting, Growing, and Selling a Company Been Most Educational in How You See Your Career?" She finds the greatest value learning it is possible and that the cycle works. In each period, Parker immerses herself in the process, finding the most personal satisfaction in growing the company.
In Chapter 7 of 20 in his 2012 interview, branding and design strategist Ross Floate shares how working an entry-level prepress job in print-based publishing company, Floate learns core craft skills fixing others mistakes that teach him core design skills. That attention to detail still benefits him today. Ross learns the importance of workflow and how someone is responsible for each part of a process. He gets better at his job by gaining respect learning to empathize with others.
In Chapter 10 of 14 in his 2012 interview, Internet entrepreneur Joe Stump shares how by advising a British company, Stump learns how a culture of optimism contrasts with a culture of cynicism and doubt. He compares general country cultures - American, British, Indian, Chinese - and how an entrepreneurship mindset is influenced by the national mindset. He details what he did to transform the mindset inside that British company to be more opportunistic and confident.
A college professor says he grew frustrated with the outdated training material used in the digital media department, so he decided to create his own. Now, he's the creative force behind the largest e-learning library for professionals.
In Chapter 13 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin answers "What Steps Are You Taking to Maintain a Strong Company Culture in a Growing Business?" Rubin shares why culture is important from the moment you start a company and how establishing core company values helped him and his co-founders craft a culture at Indiegogo. Referencing his 2013 SXSW talk "10 Myths of Entrepreneurship", he notes how many entrepreneurs overlook culture when starting a business.
In his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Carrot Creative social media agency CEO Mike Germano answers "What Steps Are You Taking to Maintain a Strong Company Culture in Your Growing Business?" Germano differentiates culture from community. Culture is about what employees understand the company to be about. He defines Carrot Creative culture as "hustle, team, adventure". He promotes an underdog culture set by its founders, built on hard work and fun, and maintained by its employees.
In Chapter 12 of 19 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, innovation strategist Hammans Stallings answers "What Has Working at frog design Taught You About What It Takes to Build a Strong Company Culture?" Working at 40-year old design strategy company frog design, Stallings sees firsthand how people not only can come together to solve client problems but also can individually contribute to shaping what the company represents in carrying on the company history via actions and values.
In Chapter 18 of 19 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, social media ad agency CEO Mike Germano shares how company growth is forcing him to be less involved with day to day responsibilities as more and more are handed off to team members. He recommends keeping a couple little tasks to stay connected to balance the larger executive meetings and company initiatives that take him away from previous responsibilities. Germano is co-founder and CEO social media advertising agency Carrot Creative.
Co-founder Karen Moon says 'Trendalytics' has proven popular with people the startup does business with, so they've stuck with it. See what you think after hearing her out. Should she and her fellow co-founders consider some alternatives?