The goal of team members and colleagues is to add value, skills and expertise. Managers can and should enable and even unleash their people, but they cannot control them. I am not the boss of my team, but I am available for feedback and input.
As with athletes, rap lyrics often resonate with entrepreneurs because in order to be successful, one must possess conviction and be unwavering in bringing a dream to fruition, which rappers frequently describe in their prose.
For an adult who loves to learn, but also loves marketing, who has a background in education and events, you aren't told what way to go. There is really only one thing to do and that is to create your own path.
Zappos founder and CEO Tony Hsieh stopped by the Samsung Blogger Lounge to discuss the revitalization project of Downtown Las Vegas, the new SXSW v2v program, and incredible predictions for the future of business and technology.
This is a big week for KaBOOM! The whole team of Boomers -- what we call ourselves -- is gathering for our annual retreat, otherwise known as Play Academy. For us, instilling a sense of play into the organization helps energize Boomers and keeps us focused on our mission.
This week's conversation is with Tony Hsieh, who built one of the largest online companies in the world, Zappos.com. "My first 'job' was as a newspaper boy. It made me realize that I didn't want to spend my life delivering newspapers."
Rather than focusing on individuals as assets, we instead focus on building as our asset a pipeline of people in every single department with varying levels of skills and experience, ranging from entry level all the way up through senior management and leadership positions.