GUEST: Luke Hartsock — Founder and CEO of Decisive Data
The Guiding Principles of Decisive Data:
Create Customer Value: I do work that clearly satisfies my customer. The primary beneficiary of my effort is my customer.
Be Original: I have a unique combination of skills, character, and history that no one else does.
Serve Others: I put the needs of others first. Service is an attitude and way of being.
Have Grit: I see challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. I am not defeated by setbacks and choose to endure and overcome.
Pursue Excellence: I continuously improve my knowledge, tools, and expertise. The quality of my work is a representation of who I am.
Have Fun: I foster an environment of laughter, joy, and friendship.
Points of Wisdom from our Conversation:
Culture starts with who we let into our company.
Everything important gets codified. Even the oral tradition that is organically created, gets codified and written down, in order to ensure that as the company grows, it stays true to its core.
Authority is effective when it can influence without having to control. And it’s effective when it can serve without demanding service in return.
Transitions are hard. Change is hard. The transitions that people go through before and after a project are often overlooked to the detriment of the individual and the organization.
Be aware of and beware the switching costs of moving from one area of focus to another, even briefly. Make sure to protect (and that your people are protecting) expanses of productivity time.
We’ve got to move past the distractibility to really lead well.
Behind distraction and lack of flow, avoidance in a real issue that hampers effective leadership. Note what you need to do — and face it.
Results are accomplished through behaviors. Request, measure, drive behaviors.
Take what you want to build, and magnify that vision by 10X — then you’ve got a vision that will really drive results. Method without vision has no capacity to guide or inspire.
At Decisive Data, there’s a motto: Every decision informed by data.
You can’t gather data if you’re not paying attention.
Manager vs. Maker — http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html
Cal Newport’s “Deep Work” — http://calnewport.com/books/deep-work/
At Decisive Data our mission is: Help people use data to realize better outcomes.
Our vision is: Every decision informed by data
And, we’re They Yes Works — Helping to make work good for people, and make people good for work.