The phrase has always stuck with me and played out in lots of ways, particularly as a mantra for who I hold close as friends in my life and who I choose to work with. There is now question that the results of my work are dependent on the quality of relationships I have with the people I deliver it with. Over the years I have chosen "my company" carefully and built relationships which enable us to offer services of an equal quality to any studio or bigger company. It is not by becoming bigger as a business that we can do this but by being more connected as friends, colleagues and entrepreneurs.
I wanted to introduce some of the brilliant people I get to work with. This is not only to showcase them and their work on my blog but also to make visible a business model that enables small entrepreneurs to collaborate and take their work to scale. There are notable omissions from this list. I have focused on folks I work with who are not facilitators / hosts / front of room. Check out the who page on my website for a full list of people and links to their sites.
Gary Blakemore - cutting edge music creation / production
Karen Densmore - top notch project management, strategic counsel and communications
Katie Condon - managing partner and administration
Meg Craig Wiens - branding genius and fabulous website builder
Meg has quite literally change my life. Her support in the development of my own brand took my business to whole new level. I literally had a client tell me "it's so much easier to hire you now"! She helps out on a multitude of projects, is my go to person for my own initiatives and someone I freely recommend to anyone looking to brand their business so it reflects who they are. Meg has incredible experience and now runs her own company called Skysail Brand.
Robert Wright - advice, coaching and therapy
Robert is the best coach, counsellor, therapist I have come across in my life so far. He has the rigour of a scientist and the depth of an elder. I know that I have to tend to my own inner state if I want to do the intensity and quality of work that I am invited into. Robert has helped me navigate my life long anxiety, issues in my family, relationships and professional incidents that have thrown me off my course. Robert has his own practice, check out his website here.
Tim Reeves Horton & Justin Pickens, Picnic Studios - video
I first met Tim Reeves Horton when I was working with Lighthouse NOW helping them get through a period of change. He was the resident video department there and helped out on a bunch of projects including Work Done Better Together. He has since set up his own company with Justin Pickens called Picnic Studios where they continue to offer high quality, relationship-based video work with the goal of serving the community. Check their website here.
When you’re hiring, seek out people who are managers of one.
What’s that mean? A manager of one is someone who comes up with their own goals and executes them. They don’t need heavy direction. They don’t need daily check-ins. They do what a manager would do — set the tone, assign items, determine what needs to get done, etc. — but they do it by themselves and for themselves.
These people free you from oversight. They set their own direction. When you leave them alone, they surprise you with how much they’ve gotten done. They don’t need a lot of handholding or supervision.
How can you spot these people? Look at their history. Have they been self-sufficient at previous jobs? Have they defined their own role before? Have they started their own site/company before? Or done their own thing in some other way? Find someone with initiative and a budding entrepreneurial spirit. And then nurture it.
You want someone who’s capable of building something from scratch and seeing it through. When you find these people, it frees up the rest of your team to work more and manage less.
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