1. People are still the hardest part of business. We said goodbye to a couple individuals this year that I’ve always looked up to, and will always look up to. I know they’re better off following their passions, but it was still hard to let them go. It kept me up at night; I would think about it throughout the day, the thoughts of a changing team consuming me entirely at one point. But change, like Thanos, is inevitable. You can’t stop it.
Caring about people isn’t a bad thing. Crying over people leaving your company is human. You can’t control people, nor should you attempt to try. Amazing people are on a journey, the more amazing the person the more amazing the journey. I just hope to connect with them again in the future.
This next year, our team is poised to do some amazing things. I’ve never been more confident in our video, photography, social media, and website departments. We’ve added processes and heads of departments to make our operations more efficient. It’s the gentle balance of creating as few rules as possible to allow the team to do their best work without restrictions, rules or silly policies meant to control people.