Doing something vs. owning something

From an All Company email to Logos… Someone interviewing for a job recently asked me, “What’s the most important thing for being successful at Logos?” My answer: ownership. There’s a big difference between ‘doing something’ and ‘owning something.’ Doing things is very important, and very useful. When stuff gets done, we move ahead — products …

“What if Michael Bay did our developer recruiting video?!”

The action-packed, explosive-laden trailer faded from the screen, and the developer next to me joked “That’s what our developer recruiting video should look like!” It seemed like a great idea, so we brought it up with the filmmaking-types in the design department. “We need something awesome! Explosions! Police cars, ambulances!” I guess they didn’t have …

Business is triage

Any idiot can run any project well. Hire experienced professionals. Staff every project completely. Get the best tools. Use the highest quality materials. Have independent consultants and auditors verify everything. Take the time to do things right, and never settle for second-best. If leadership is the art of delegation, then everyone can lead a product …

The four-word employee handbook

Everything I want from myself and others at work (and in life!) can be summed up in four words: Honor God. Love others. When we started Logos Bible Software twenty years ago, I used a software program to generate a boilerplate “attorney approved” employee handbook. When employees asked “What’s our policy on…?” I might refer …