Two companies whom I feel have very positive company cultures are Zappos and Buffer.
Because these organisations go out of their way to embody a high purpose, I’ve a feel a great deal of respect and awe towards these them.
The thing is, the values all seem relatively familiar, and I’m interested to see how many of these values are things I already feel aligned to.
One of the way Dave Logan and friends recommend finding your core values in Tribal Leadership (buy it, read it, reread it), is by writing a story about how you learnt something from an experience. A specific given example in the book is about honesty, when an 8yro is caught stealing in a shop, and the painful memory sticks hard into their values from that point onwards.
For the next 20 days, I’m going to try and release a blog post a day, each dealing with a mixed up list of Zappos and Buffer’s core values, and seeing how much it is aligned with me and whether I can relate to it.
The aim is simply to understand more about myself, whilst also probably being a nice opportunity to tell stories.
If anyone can suggest technical challenges that are actual challenges, that’d be good.
Be able to deploy a 4 machine Magento cluster from a script (or systems provisioning system) with mysql master-master replication, Varnish ESI, local CDN, SSL, sane firewalls and low impact scheduled backups.
I’d quite like to have a travel section here, but I can’t think of anything that sounds appealing that’s a challenge. (I’m not a fan of “x countries in x hours” because it seems rather shortsighted, and liable to make sure you only see a bunch of airport lounges, in addition most “visit this country” challenges seem to essentially be “spend some money”, which isn’t really a challenge – the challenge was getting the money or being a creative routefinder.)
Travel by as many different modes of transport as possible from A to B
So yeah, which 7 of these should I do? What should I do that’s not on this list?