by oneafrikan on April 10, 2013
Just done the April all hands meet with the whole team, thought I’d post the essential bits and the deck here:
Who we are:
In everything we do, we follow these principles.
Be human, be interesting
We hire for talent and fit, and you need to have both to make Wedo your home. But you also need to be interesting. Everyone is unique, so after talent and fit, we celebrate diversity. Show everyone honesty, integrity, humility and be trustworthy. We show our customers why they should think of us every time they go online.
Focus on simplicity
Take the complex and simplify so anyone can understand. Unearth the simple in everything you do. Focus on the fundamentals and eliminate distractions. The best products polarise.
Make yourself at home
Life is too short to do something you don’t enjoy. Treat your colleagues and our customers the same way you’d treat them when coming over for a cuppa tea. Bring a positive energy to everything you do. We work hard, and play hard. Make what you do fun, or find something new to do.
Measure & Adapt
Ask the tough questions to create focus, then use data to validate and measure. Reveal the complexity, then analyse to make sense of what you find. There are very few absolutes. Always look for the improvements you can make, and always ask whether something can be done better, quicker, simpler, easier. In data we trust. Most of all, change is good.
Make it happen
Ideas are cheap, execution wins over great ideas and technology. Execution is where great teams define industries. While others are talking & blogging about their ideas, we’re working on them relentlessly. There is always a solution. Be resourceful. Make every day count. Seize the opportunities presented to you every day. Don’t shrink from anything. Make mistakes fast, and then learn from them. Most of all, #JFDI.