No matter your answer… if you’re interested in learning how to create a more exciting, and fulfilling, work environment while also understanding how lean thinking and a joyful workplace actually work hand in hand you’re definitely going to want to give today’s episode a listen.
In this episode, I’m joined by Richard Sheridan, the CEO and Chief Storyteller at Menlo Innovations.
Menlo is a software design and development company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Last year, 2,197 people came from around the world to visit Menlo. They made the trek not to learn about technology, but to witness a radically different approach to workplace culture — one intentionally designed to produce joy.
During this interview Richard and I discuss how he, and the entire Menlo team, makes this happen!
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In this episode you’ll learn
- What “high tech anthropology” is all about
- Richard’s favorite quotation… think how to create a sustainable culture
- Why lean is actually about people and not spreadsheets
- What the book Joy, Inc. is about and how its goal is to end human suffering
- Why Menlo Innovations offers more than one tour per day
- Why the title of the book ends in “Inc.”
- Why Menlo programmers work in pairs and switch pairs every 5 business days
- How the Menlo culture developed as a result of Richard’s experience and background
- One practical piece of advice Richard has for any leader of people who wants to have a more joyful workplace
- What was holding Richard back from being successful when he first started his professional career
- The best advice Richard has ever received
- One of Richard’s personal productivity habits including how he keeps his inbox under 10 emails
- How Richard would approach his first week on the job at a distressed company void of any joy
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- Full Written Transcript in PDF Format
- Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love
- Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love – Kindle Version
- The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
- Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
- Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty
- Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
- Randy Pausch – Time Management Video
- Simon Sinek – Start with Why Video
- Richard Sheridan on Twitter
- Menlo Innovations Website
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