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Culture Chalk Talks: Engagement in an Escape Room

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The WeVue Culture Chalk Talks are quick snapshots into ways you can quickly change the dynamics of your workplace. We share insights on things we’re doing at WeVue to build a stronger team, successes and failings of small and large companies, and culture hacks to encourage more employee engagement and better communication. If you have a suggestion or a question you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments.  The Escape Room We recently took our team to an escape room in Clearwater, Florida. A few months ago, we decided to start planning monthly culture outings. We’d use a Friday afternoon and do something that brings us closer as a team and inspires us come the following Monday morning. What better way for a group of software nerds to bond than over a bunch of puzzles inside of a locked room. The concept is simple. You’re locked in a room scattered with clues and given an hour to figure out how to escape. There are all sorts of objects in the room but no clear line of sight as to how they relate to one another. Once the timer starts ticking, it’s up to you to figure out how and where to focus your energy. You’re left with only a microphone and the ability to phone in for up to three clues. Once the clues are used up, you’re on your own. After escaping with 00:02 left on the clock, we left with a better understanding of our team […]

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How to Inspire Culture with Empathy and Dialog

Inspired cultures are built by leaders with the ability to empathize with people across their organizations. We work best with people we think understand who we are and why we do what we do. And while empathy and emotional intelligence are buzz words in the human capital industry, do we really understand how to empathize? Is trying to relate to someone the same thing as actually understanding their perspective?   Empathy isn’t an act of imagination – it’s a conversation. Thinking about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is more akin to sympathy or pity than it is to actually understanding what his struggles are like. “Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” ~Bill Bullard I recently gave a lecture to a group of veterans transitioning into civilian life and looking to start their own businesses. It started with me trying to empathize with them. I thanked them for their service.     And while I’ve never been in the service, I told them: “I get it.” Creating a business is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I can imagine transitioning into civilian life must be tough. Creating a business on top of that… Wow… “I get it.” I never knew my grandfather. He was a tank […]

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Culture at Startup Grind with Google for Entrepreneurs

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Last week, the WeVue team was in Redwood, CA just outside of San Francisco at the Startup Grind 2016 Global Conference sharing their insights on company culture. So what is Startup Grind? “Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 215,000 founders in over 185 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 70 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. ” While we were there, we interviewed some of the sponsors and startups to learn how they view company culture, and we used WeVue to crowdsource and compile these interviews.    Not living in San Francisco, we can forget how much of the culture there is built around innovation and collaboration. There is a bold belief that anyone with the right attitude can build a company that can disrupt the status quo… They just need the tools and skills to cultivate a team around them that believes in their mission and vision. What we didn’t find were many companies that were engaging their employees in photo and video sharing. We have a firm belief that while people engage on platforms like Facebook and Snapchat through photo and video sharing, companies that encourage their employees to share photos and videos can and do create more compelling cultures. If you’re interested in connecting people around vision, values, stories, and creating a culture that drives performance, innovation, and collaboration we’d love to chat with you. Feel free to email us at info@wevue.com or click the […]

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WeVue is going to San Francisco!

We are extremely excited to announce that we have been selected to go to California and attend the Google Startup Grind Conference February 22 and 23. Check out this fantastic article by the Tampa Bay Business Journal discussing our journey and what we have to look forward to. Tampa Bay Business Journal Article

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Why are Facebook and Google Archetypes for Great Culture?

The Millennial Interviews: Over the past few weeks we set out to interview the most talented millennials we know and the people that hire them. Our goal was to have a better understanding of the type of work these brilliant, young people do, what they look for when trying to find a job, and how they connect with potential employers.   On the flip side, we wanted to know how seasoned entrepreneurs viewed these young employees. How did they find the best talent and scale their organizations. What did they think of this up and coming generation of makers and shakers?   We’ve broken the interviews out into a series that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks. If you missed meeting our interviewees, check our last post.  Part 5: This is why we really want to work at google… What’s more important: compensation or happiness? While companies like google and Facebook promise candidates both, the reasons why millennials want to work for some companies and not others isn’t as complex as people think it is. In our final part of the Millennial Interviews we asked our friends to take a deeper dive into their experience both looking for jobs and finding organizations they loved working for. Were there things about certain companies that just made them KNOW they wanted to work there? By listening to their stories, you’ll have a better understanding of how to build a company that people of all ages want to work for. Thanks for […]

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Top Talent is Looking For…

The Millennial Interviews: Over the past few weeks we set out to interview the most talented millennials we know and the people that hire them. Our goal was to have a better understanding of the type of work these brilliant, young people do, what they look for when trying to find a job, and how they connect with potential employers.   On the flip side, we wanted to know how seasoned entrepreneurs viewed these young employees. How did they find the best talent and scale their organizations. What did they think of this up and coming generation of makers and shakers?   We’ve broken the interviews out into a series that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks. If you missed meeting our interviewees, check our last post.  Part 4: We want to find a company like yours Many of the millennials we interviewed do the same things when looking for a new job, and the entrepreneurs we found that have been the most successful in attracting and retaining top talent know how to tell a story that makes people want to come work for them. Finally, we wanted to give you a closer look into the types of people these entrepreneurs have been successful in hiring. Check out the video to learn more. If you’re interested in learning more about how to hire talent like you’ll meet in the video or how to build a culture like the one’s you’ll hear discussed, click on the button below to learn […]

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Mr(s) Millennial: How do I hire you?

The Millennial Interviews: Over the past few weeks we set out to interview the most talented millennials we know and the people that hire them. Our goal was to have a better understanding of the type of work these brilliant, young people do, what they look for when trying to find a job, and how they connect with potential employers.   On the flip side, we wanted to know how seasoned entrepreneurs viewed these young employees. How did they find the best talent and scale their organizations. What did they think of this up and coming generation of makers and shakers?   We’ve broken the interviews out into a series that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks. If you missed meeting our interviewees, check our last post.  Part 3: Why we do the things we do Many of the millennials we interviewed do incredible work for impressive companies, but we wanted to know what exactly attracted them to their current roles? You’ll be surprised to hear: it has nothing to do with free beer, nap rooms, or unlimited vacation policies. Similarly, the entrepreneurs we talked to hire for some of the most in-demand technical and creative skill sets…and they don’t do it by offering endless perks. Check out the video to learn more. If you’re interested in learning more about how to hire talent like you’ll meet in the video or how to build a culture like the one’s you’ll hear discussed, click on the button below to learn more […]

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Meet the Millennials and the Bosses

The Millennial Interviews: Over the past few weeks we set out to interview the most talented millennials we know and the people that hire them. Our goal was to have a better understanding of the type of work these brilliant, young people do, what they look for when trying to find a job, and how they connect with potential employers.   On the flip side, we wanted to know how seasoned entrepreneurs viewed these young employees. How did they find the best talent and scale their organizations. What did they think of this up and coming generation of makers and shakers?   We’ve broken the interviews out into a series that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks. Part 1: The Introductions The millennials you’ll meet in the following video are designers, developers, digital marketers, and growth hacking gurus. Most have had a plethora of jobs in their field in the last few years, some now run their own companies, while others only work remote. Some of them have degrees in their chosen fields, while others dropped out and are still highly sought for the skills they taught themselves. The entrepreneurs we’ll introduce you to have vast experience sourcing, hiring, and managing young talent. We first asked them to define their culture. It’s one of those words everyone talks about, but what does it look like in practice? If you’re interested in learning more about how to hire talent like you’ll meet in the video or how to build […]

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Meet the Millennial Change Makers of Tampa Bay

About three months ago, we received a phone call from one our very good friends at the Hillsborough Economic Development Council asking us if we would participate in a video they were shooting about millennials living and working in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa EDC wanted to show their investors and partners the rising talent in Tampa, highlighting what millenials wanted and needed from this city to be able to live, work, and play successfully here. Millennial Entrepreneurs: Why Tampa? from Tampa Hillsborough EDC on Vimeo. Introducing the Millennial Interviews: The video was a great success, and it was shown at the EDC’s annual event last week to over 500 invested stakeholders in the area. Likewise, much of the conversation at the annual event centered around how how the EDC should be more focused on turning this city into a place along the lines of Austin or Brooklyn, where young people really want to live for a variety of reasons. The video got us thinking that other generations want to learn to better engage millennials. We’re constantly asked: what does it take to hire and successfully retain good millennial talent?. So we decided to create our own video series that poses the question to some of the most talented, young individuals we know from around the globe. What does it take to hire you? Why do you work where you work and why do you do the work you do? As a teaser – here’s the video from the EDC. If you’ want to find out more about what […]

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WTF Should I Be When I Grow Up?

One of my good friends is a neoclassical realist portrait painter (His name is Landon Clay, and you can check out his work here). He specializes in lifelike oil paintings of the human figure. He wants to be a famous artist when he grows up, so he paints for 14 hours a day.   We all have those friends who just KNOW what they want to do with their lives and they’re doing it. If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of things you want to do, and you’re blessed to have a myriad of options with how you could be spending your time. But how do you choose? Here’s the story of how I did. I prefer to think of myself as a metaphorical painter and my life as a canvas. While I could focus on becoming really good at one style of painting, like say neoclassical realism, I don’t have the conviction like my friend Mr. Clay. Instead I get to fill in corners of that canvas with the exploits and creations of my life, some as fine detailed drawings and others as broad brush strokes thrown in passion, rage, and conviction. But the question remains: how the hell do I know what to paint? I boil it down to three things I value in life. These are the three things I want to be remembered for long after I’m gone. Simultaneously, these are things I love doing. They’re not finite goals – things that can […]

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