This is the 2nd of 4 episodes with James Goebel, COO and Co-Founder of Menlo Innovations. Menlo is a software development firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan that has the mission of “ending human suffering in the world as it relates to technology™.”
Part 2 highlights:
- How do you know if you’re right?
- Team closeness is more mental than physical
- Everybody as manager
Vital Smarts Influencer – https://www.vitalsmarts.com/products-solutions/influencer/
Patrick Lencioni – 5 Functions of a Dysfunctional Team – http://www.tablegroup.com/books/dysfunctions
Notes taken during the editing of the episode:
With company changes and culture ideas or business ideas how do you know you’re right? Answer – You don’t know if you’re right unless you have a goal. Just because something is better doesn’t mean it’s right.
Mission – Eliminate human suffering through the use of technology
Teams are more effective the closer they are. James’ thinking seems to be changing as he learns and grows. He thought it meant physically closer. But he understands it now to mean mentally and socially closer.
To help build relationships they begin your job immediately as a pair partner. They replicate their work environment immediately. In most companies, the friends and veterans
Flat organization. Bossless office? Not really. Everyone is a manager of everybody else. Interdependent.