While on a recent trip to Kansas City, Missouri, I made an impromptu $20 splurge. I found a Daxko-themed baby toy that, as an expectant mother, I simply couldn’t turn down.
Very excited about my find, I e-mailed a picture straight to our CEO, Dave, as a sort of show-and-tell. His response? “Very cool! Your child can put that on its resume when it applies for a career with us.”
While of course I have no doubt my baby will be just the right fit for the company—she’ll be intelligent, creative, and generally fun to be around, but of course—I suppose I have to actually have her first, and then potty-train her, at least.
I did, however, begin to think of the simple, child-like lessons one can take away as a Daxko team member.
Sharing, not necessarily in the toy-sharing sense, is very important at the company—and sometimes it’s a hard lesson to learn. Many team members have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills, and there is often the temptation to “hoard” knowledge. As a part of the Marketing team, we’ve recently engaged in a lot of required knowledge-sharing, presenting to the team on topics we know a lot about, or have mastered really well. It’s been cool to teach the things we know, and a good requirement because, I’ll be the first to admit, this type of sharing doesn’t always occur naturally.
I guess you might call it “good manners”—and it’s a must-have to work for Daxko. It’s important to get along with team members, encourage each other, and hold each other accountable. The environment is very supportive, so there’s no shame in asking a team member: please. As in, “Hey, Dave. I would really love to have coffee with you and learn about how you got to where you are in your career.”
Child-like lessons we don’t follow at Daxko?
HOLD MY HAND
At Daxko, you pretty much need to cross the street by yourself. Not much hand-holding around here. It’s a good thing, because in the end, you learn to be a jump-starter and a problem-solver. Around the company it’s often said: “It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.”
COLOR WITHIN THE LINES
Well that’s just boring. And we’re not about boredom at Daxko. If anything, we’re encouraged (if not required) to color outside the lines. It makes for a brighter, more creative and unique result.