This week on the From Idea to Done podcast Erick and Josh discuss Codelation’s core values. We take a peek at the meaning behind each of the 5 company values and share our thoughts on them.
J/E: Hey Everyone, I’m Josh and I’m Erick
E: This week’s idea is having company core values. This idea came to me last week when you asked me to look at our core values, and kind of evaluate them. I have decided to interview you for our podcast on our core values, chat about them a little bit, and just kind of get into the thought process you had selecting them because a lot of businesses are doing this now. Then I will evaluate them after hearing your reasoning behind each.
E: Can you talk a little bit about the process of selecting our core values, and when did you actually do it?
J: We set these values probably 18 months ago. We had some work sessions about what we were struggling with and put values in place that was a way to help us get there. Which is why I was asking about re-evaluating them. I feel like they need to be close enough to the team, otherwise they get so wishy washy of “integrity” or “honesty”… I mean shouldn’t that just be implied?
E: Yes, yes it should. Or at least expanded on in terms of honesty in the workplace. We have our company north stars. We’ll just start with the first one. Aligned Vision. Josh what was the team looking for when you picked this?
J: I want to make sure that we are all moving in the same direction as a team and with our clients. If someone is just looking for a gun for hire and the cheapest they can get, it isn’t for us. If they aren’t looking for opinions on how to make things better or another view, it isn’t for us. So it helps keep us all moving together.
E: I think one of the most important aspects of any business is finding customers that are on the same page as you, and as well as needing your services. Mutually beneficial business relationships are much better than fixing an immediate need. That brings us to our next core value that is growth mindset.
J: So Growth Mindset, I always want us to get better, and this one is as much pointed at me as anyone. Stop making the same stupid mistakes.
E: I like this a lot. I think stupid mistakes aren’t bad, we just have to learn. Personally the times I have moved jobs it has been when I have stopped learning, stopped growing, and got bored. When I am bored, I am an unengaged bad employee. Our next core value of unwavering commitment.
J: The reason that we chose Unwavering Commitment is – Jodee Bock: Commitment is doing what you said you would, long after the mood you said it in has left. I feel like that is pretty powerful, and it is so easy to say… well I don’t feel like doing that anymore. Nope we said we would..
E: Realistically though most of the more successful people I know, are the ones that are just steady. They stick to whatever they are doing, and are unphased by the rest of life’s madness. I like this one too….moving on our next value that is impact driven.
J: I want us to be able to have the maximum impact in all we do. The thought is that if we can’t make visible impact, should we be doing it? It is a tough one as I think we still take on projects that we probably shouldn’t in the hope to help someone.
E: Part of any business though is learning who you can bring the most value to. It is very hard to turn down projects as a small business. Especially when all we really want to do is help people. We will focus the laser eventually though. I think since I have come on, we have been doing a better job at taking on the projects where our team can add the most value. That brings us to the next core value we have of Community First.
J: Community First to me means that we value community over competition. I want to be active in our local community and be able to give back, but it is more than that. We partner with a number of local firms that would typically be seen as competition.
I want to be active in our local community and be able to give back, but it is more than that. We partner with a number of local firms that would typically be seen as competition. Not everyone is a great fit for us, and we aren’t a great fit for everyone, so there is plenty to go around for everyone. Make sure the client gets what they need.
E: I don’t consider anyone competition. We are the right team for specific projects. When the world stops having a need for websites, and software development, and turning ideas into new businesses, then we have competition. We work closely with people that would in normal business sense is our competition. The work we do for them is what we are the best at though, and that ties in well with being impact driven.
We made it. You haven’t talked this in depth with me about our core values since I have started. How are you feeling about them 18 months after the team came up with them?
J: I think we need to do a better job of leaning back into them and the why behind them. Otherwise they don’t matter at all.
E: Walk the walk! I actually really liked this. I think it’s important to get inside your brain to get a full understanding of your vision of our core values. Now that I know how you feel. I will evaluate them, and we can have another episode on my thoughts.
E: You also know my feelings on thoughts without taking action. I will have my feelings, and also ideas we can implement so we can live up to the quote on our website that says we hire, work, and live by these values.
J: Great, this whole ask about values started with a post it note that I wrote to myself saying “Don’t be a turd”, I think the more opinionated you can get gives a really good indicator about the people and company.
E: Thank you for listening to this episode. If you know a startup that could use our random advice and thoughts have them subscribe and leave a review on iTunes.