Putting software to work on company culture
Hi. I'm Brie. A few years ago I decided to make it my life's work to make work life awesome for more people. After being a part of great organizations like Stripe, Figma, and Google changed my life, it felt like the highest impact thing an operations wonk with a proclivity for the written word could work on.
Through my work on The Kool-Aid Factory, I've read and written as much as I could about the habits of ambitious, high-performing teams. I lent my hands to startups that were looking to build ambitious, high-performing teams of their own—I helped companies write their operating principles, run their first onsites, make their All Hands awesome, hire (and occasionally fire) better, roll out planning processes, establish review forums that kept accountability and the quality bar high, the list goes on.
The lesson I have learned over and over and over again is that the most cohesive teams are not only the most prolific, but also the most satisfied. And all the work I was doing with teams laddered up to the same purpose — cultivating more of that “we're all in this together feeling.”
Because for ambitious organizations that pride themselves in cultures of autonomy and distributed ownership, that feeling is fuel.