It’s not about me. And that’s why it works.
Four key things allow businesses to succeed, and none of them are a single person, but rather how the team, community and mission come together.
We’re one week into our new digs in the desert and loving it. No snake sightings, lots of outdoor hiking, and many, many dips in the pool because while yes it’s a dry heat, 110 is still freaking hot!
Since we’ve left, two questions continue to surface about our next chapter: Am I going to keep Fly Feet? (Yes.) Am I going to post a blog on the Fly Feet page about what we’re up to and why we decided to do this and what that means for Fly Feet? (No. I wrote that here on my personal page.) The first answer is easy and the second one leaves people confused, so allow me to elaborate …
Fly Feet isn’t successful because of me, or Ben, or us being in the middle of the studio high fiving and folding towels. While yes, I spent years working my tail off building the brand and the business, it works because people believe in and are aligned to our mission – to inspire people to chase the best version of ourselves. We work very hard every day as a team to deliver against that mission. And, every day our community pays us back by blowing us away with their support of our mission in the form of hard work, inclusive high five’s and a vulnerability and willingness to stare failure in the face and try it anyway. It’s truly a special place. Not because of me, but because of the team and the community, and that’s why it works.
The bigger ideologies here are that businesses work when:
they’re driven by a mission that resonates with a community of people,
teams feel empowered and live the mission,
teams are clear on the mission and how it comes to life,
teams are willing to be open to feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement.
You can apply those four things to any business. We are certainly not perfect, but we deeply value those things. I never would have or could have left Minnesota if any of those things weren’t true. And even if I were still there and those things weren’t true, Fly Feet wouldn’t work.
So, we continue to learn and grow and evolve, which is why we’re all here on this planet. The Fly Feet team continues to be dedicated to making the magic and I’ll be back frequently to experience it with all of you and connect with the team. In the meantime, I’m excited to jump back into that corporate life! Stay tuned!