In talk and tech, make it easy so we’re always accessible to everyone. Get straight to the point. Embrace ‘less is more’. Romance it. ‘Less is more’ is your new lover.
But not simple minded.
Don’t do mediocre work. Half-baked does not fly around here. Ditto for substandard quality. Simple does not mean ‘WHATEVER!’
Have some balls, take on challenges head on, and continue to disrupt the status quo. Speak up and tell it like it is. You don’t need to continuously seek permission (because we trust you to get it right and own the fallout if it bombs.) Plus, we’re not in kindergarten.
But not stupid.
Don’t forget the Sunshine Law: you must be confident that your decisions and actions stand up to public scrutiny. Break the rules, just not the law. We don’t do bail.
This means being human, honest, and accountable. Have real conversations with real people. REALLY listen. Go beyond surface level where it’s pretty and delve into the beautifully flawed. Support and connect.
Warts and all.
Don’t be a dick. Don’t yell a lot just to prove your point. Don’t stay up all night just to appear dedicated. Don’t make it a habit to miss dinner with your partner, your kid’s music recital, that overdue waxing appointment (because let’s be honest, all these things are just – if not more important as work).
Because there’s always a better way, and we’ll find it. Try different approaches, change and adapt. Ask for feedback and learn. Ask how things work. Indulge the inner child in you (the one that’s always looking for answers, not the bratty one).
But not reckless.
Don’t beat yourself up over a failure. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember, there are no dumb questions.
We are cheeky and fun, and at times, a little bit silly. We are a serious business but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Come to work in colourful quirky outfits. Challenge your colleagues to a cross-dress lip-sync face-off or a DJ battle. Celebrate our weirdness.
But not reckless.
Don’t forget your professional commitments and deadlines. Don’t humiliate or abuse your colleagues or yourself. Playtime should be fun, not dangerous.