“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” — Frank Outlaw
Archive for June, 2014
This piece about Shimon Peres made me shed many tears – what a historic and beautiful figure.
My sister shared this excerpt that I found deeply introspective and insightful, on the sensory varieties of pain.
“And at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There’s the little empty pain of leaving something behind ‒ graduating, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There’s the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expectations. There’s the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn’t give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life as they grow and learn. There’s the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens.
And if you are very, very lucky, there are a few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realize that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last ‒ and yet will remain with you for life.
Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don’t feel it.”
— Jim Butcher, White Night
So many people shared their enthusiasm at seeing a KIND cameo in the Amazon press conference that I also wanted to share. Congratulations to Amazon on the exciting launch of the Fire Phone! We are honored to be a part of the demonstration of this innovative new technology! Jeff and Amazon are such great partners, and we are proud to work with them.
(see starting at minute 26)
2 Reasons KIND’s CEO Won’t Use The ‘E-Word’
JUN. 19, 2014, 12:19 PM
There are a few words Daniel Lubetzky absolutely refuses to use. “Boss” is one of them; “employee” is another.
“I don’t use the word ‘employee’ because it can imply someone is working ‘for’ you rather than ‘with’ you,” the founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks tells Business Insider.
Instead, he calls his staff “team members.”
Lubetzky says he can’t recall having ever used the “e-word.” “I just don’t like it,” he says. “Not using it reinforces the level of accountability we each have to one another.”
In other corporate cultures, he explains, you might be accountable only to your manager or someone else recognized as a leader within the organization. “Here, you are equally accountable to the person sitting on your left, the person sitting on your right, and the person you run into in the hallway. We are all part of the same family and on the same journey. Our actions impact all of our fellow co-owners.” (Every KIND employee is a shareholder.)
And this is so important, he says, because a culture of accountability motivates people, inspires them to be resourceful, and pushes creativity to new limits.
Choosing “team member” over “employee” is also “one small way that we manifest our commitment to one another,” says Lubetzky. “The word ‘employee’ can feel impersonal and, as such, doesn’t fit our notion of the KIND team as a family. Consciously choosing ‘team member’ over ‘employee’ also helps promote a culture of support,” he concludes.
I never cease to be wowed by the scientific benefits and wisdom imbued in Jewish ethical teachings of thousands of years ago.
Read the full piece after the jump.
All the way back in 2008, Pom Wonderful sued Coca-Cola for misleading marketing of Minute Maid “pomegranate blueberry” juice. The juice contains 0.3% pomegranate juice and 0.2% blueberry juice. It took about 7 years, including major setbacks where lower courts had rejected POM Wonderful’s right to sue, but the US Supreme Court itself reversed an earlier 9th Circuit decision, and affirmed that POM Wonderful can proceed with its suit. Perseverance and conviction paid off.
Read the full piece after the jump.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old,
but on building the new.”
Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks, refuses to use the B-word.
JUN. 4, 2014, 3:00 PM
Boss, that is.
“I’ve never liked what that word connotes,” he tells Business Insider. “A ‘boss’ has all the answers, whereas a team leader has the final word, but his or her decisions emanate from the wisdom of the team and from earnest discussion.”
A “boss” might also feel as if they’re above the rest, Lubetzky, a Mexico City native, explains. While a team leader treats everyone equally.
Another reason he doesn’t use the B-word: It detracts from the “sense of communal ownership that we promote at KIND by making every team member a shareholder and owner of the company.” And, finally, he says, words like “boss” can devalue the role of team members, when everyone has an equally important role to play.
So, when did Lubetzky decide to eliminate “boss” from KIND’s vocabulary?
Before the company even started.
“When the brand was conceived in 2003 with just a handful of team members, there was a shared sense of ownership and accountability — just as there is today,” he explains. Lubetzky and his team were committed to building something special together — and as the company continued to grow (its products are now sold in over 80,000 stores), they all worked hard to remain true to KIND’s core values, and to maintain the culture they set out with. So, there was never a moment in time where they paused and decided to stop using the word “boss,” he says. “We just never used it in the first place.”
Since its inception, Lubetzky has found that not using this word ensures open dialogue and maximum communication, which is important in any relationship. “It empowers team members at all levels of the organization to speak up, share their opinions, and respectfully disagree with those around them.”
But some team members — especially those who haven’t been part of the company since the beginning — find it difficult to refrain from using the B-word.
“I do have some people on the team, particularly those with 20 or 30 years’ experience, who are used to introducing me to others as their ‘boss’ or as ‘the owner,’ or they instinctively give me advice using, ‘your company’ or ’for you,’” Lubetzky says. “It takes a few reminders that it’s not ‘me’ but rather ‘us,’ and it’s not ‘my company’ — it’s ‘our company.’ And ‘we’ are all the owners.”
Interestingly, he says it ends up being these team members who most appreciate the attitude. “And because they are co-owners — financially, emotionally, culturally, and in terms of how decisions are reached — they don’t take it for granted.”
So, how do people refer to Lubetzky, the company’s chief executive?
“It’s most commonly just as ‘Daniel,’ or maybe, ‘the dude with the confused accent,’” he says.