Published under KIND Feb 25, 2019

Based on how our story began, you wouldn’t expect my relationship with John Leahy to amount to anything. In 2009, our investors persuaded me to hire a president, a partner to manage the day-to-day at KIND Snacks. I agreed to meet John because he came at the strong recommendation of our head of finance, Dan Kruk, but we had already completed our search and were about to make an offer to someone else (which I kindly told John during our meeting). Meanwhile, John almost didn’t make it to our meeting. As a 5 year old start up with just 30 team members, we were in a decrepit office space above a restaurant that nearly scared him away. It was a far cry from what he was used to in his extensive career in much more established corporations. After Dan convinced him to come inside he and I spent 3 hours together, and it became clear that he was the person for the job. He quickly became the yin to my yang, and KIND would not be where it is today without all he has done to drive the business and keep the trains running on time over the last 9 years. As he transitions into a well deserved retirement this year, I can’t say that I’m going to miss him because I’m not going to let him go as a friend and adviser, but I will certainly miss our daily partnership.

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Published under Kindness, Leadership Feb 24, 2019

Worth reading the story of Irena Sendler (Thx Tío Jorge). She worked as a plumber and risked her life countless times to save over 2,500 children, smuggling them through sewers from the Warsaw Ghetto.

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Published under United States Feb 22, 2019

It was an honor to welcome Nikki Haley to our KIND HQ. Thank you for your leadership.

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Welcome to our new KIND team members!

Published under KIND Snacks Feb 21, 2019
Every quarter, I sit down with KIND Snacks new hires to officially welcome them to the team. We get to know one another and discuss KIND’s history, values, and vision. Yesterday we focused on our value of transparency, which most of you probably associate with us because of our clear wrappers. Beyond that, it is a value that is central to how we operate. We prize open and frank communication across the board, which only benefits the team and business. For example if a team member feels, for personal or professional reasons, that he or she needs to move on, we hope to have an early and open discussion to explore options. If leaving is the final choice, we work together on a changeover plan to ensure that the team member interviews, hires, and trains his or her replacement, and we provide support to that team member as they embark on their next chapter. It’s a win-win!
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Published under Kindness Feb 18, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks recently. I learned so much from him in our short visit. He is a compelling thinker and leader, and his message is particularly resonant given the challenges we face today. I highly recommend exploring his writings and videos. Here is an excellent piece of his about transformative acts of kindness:
http://rabbisacks.org/kindness-strangers-chayei-sarah-5775/

 

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Published under Do the KIND Thing Feb 05, 2019

An extraordinary story of kindness and a reminder of the impact that kindness can have on both the giver and the receiver.

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Published under Introspection Jan 21, 2019

MLK’s words continue to resonate in new ways year after year. This MLKDay, I’m sharing a quote that provides a much needed reminder of our shared humanity, and thus, our shared fate.

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Published under Education/Raising Children, Empatico Jan 17, 2019

I get to meet a lot of interesting people in my line of work, but this was a new one for me! Daniel Puder (undefeated MMA fighter) came by this week to discuss how to instill kindness and empathy in the next generation – and to teach me some new moves! :)

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Ever wonder why they’re called KIND bars?

Published under KIND Jan 07, 2019

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Published under Favorite Quotes Dec 28, 2018

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