One Year in SF

This past weekend I crossed the 1-year mark living and working in San Francisco. I arrived with considerable hopes, dreams, and even a “plan” but I’d be lying if I were to say that I had it figured out.

In fact, I ultimately had very little idea of what I was doing, what I was supposed to be doing, and how the first year would inevitably turn out. It’s been one helluva ride.

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Process is Documented Culture

One of the things that became very apparent to me while putting together my last company was the idea that documenting culture was how you identified and refined the organization’s culture.

In other words, if one is to organically “build” culture then it’s actually better to simply observe what is already happening and then document those things (or codify) so that others can ratify and improve on them.

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Does My Work Really Matter?

We all want our work, our contributions to matter. We want our effort to count, to have real meaning, and to know in no uncertain terms that the time we spend is moving the needle forward.

Not only do we want this to be absolutely clear for our team and the business that we work for but we also want to know that it’s also moving the needle forward for ourselves, professionally.

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Art Before Commerce

One of my favorite comics of all time is Calvin & Hobbes and over the years I have posted a handful of times here on my blog about them (like here, here, herehere, and here, and here, here)… wow, that’s a handful of posts (and some of them are epic wallpapers)!

This beautiful overview describing Watterson’s decision to put art before commerce is fundamental and has captured my heart over the last few days:

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