Our Values

<aside> ๐Ÿ’ก Concepts and beliefs that remind us of how we show up... in the normal course of life and work, when we're stuck, and when things are going incredibly well.


Shitty first drafts

By starting early, shipping quickly, and taking consistent small steps, we choose to value completion over perfection.

The power of compounding applies not just to interest on money but also to effort, which is a great reminder when we're stuck to take a tiny step forward immediately instead of "think about it more."

Anne Lammott on shitty first drafts and taking it "bird by bird".

Anne Lammott on shitty first drafts and taking it "bird by bird".

Kind Directness

Clear is kind. With a solid foundation of trust and respect, we are comfortable to be direct, even about difficult topics.

This reminds us to skip the white lie and instead have open conversations about that thing that's behind the thing.

And to talk about small issues before they become big ones. And to communicate facts, feelings, and narratives distinctly, and as they are, without emotional charge.

Continuously Reflect and Evolve

โ€œWhy waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when itโ€™s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.โ€

 Carol S. Dweck, [Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success](<https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/40330>)

Challenge convention

"This is how things are always done" isn't a rule, but in fact a red flag to challenge that convention and ask "what if?" about another way. We look for smartcuts and 90/10 solutions, knowing they almost always exist, and challenge ourselves to prioritize, acknowledge and question assumptions, and seek new perspectives.

Work can be fun and playful

It's a given that we work hard and want to win and keep growing. And nothing about that says we have to be serious ๐Ÿ˜‘ all the time.

We enjoy our work and have fun with it, injecting humor and play into meetings, our interactions, our Slack messages, our emails... and all the other things people do in the normal course of work.