This is the final episode 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 4 highlights
- Company Secrets
- The Importance of “I don’t know”
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:
Alignment – For example, if you want alignment openness, what are you doing with so many physical walls?
If you want respect, what are you doing treating people you’re letting go as pariahs?
How important are the secrets you’re keeping? How much energy, money, and time are you spending on these things to what effect? What’s really the secret to your company?
We want all of our employees to act more like owners. Ok, how many of them have access to the accounting software. His vision is for everyone to have access. They’ll begin pairing even with accounting. They’re also now sharing the check signing duties.
Open book finance is coming to Menlo and this will allow the team to understand and make better decisions around accounting and finance.
He likes it when an employee can say, “I don’t know.” This means they’re starting to trust the team and that it’s ok to be wrong and to not know.
Spreading the word of Joy, Inc. Keeping and maintaining that hope that we all have on their first day of work/school. How do you produce results?