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Windward Core Values: Get It Done

Posted on 03/10/2016

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Editor’s note: Windward’s CEO, David Thielen, is writing a series of blog posts on company core values. This is the fourth post in the series. Click here for the first, “Create a Team of ‘A’ Players.”

We review our core values once a year. During the most recent review we realized that this is a core value but it was not on the list, so it’s now our newest addition:

get it done

So what does this core value entail? I like to call it “fire and forget,” where you can hand someone a problem and then forget about it because you know it will be resolved and resolved well. There are three key pieces to this.

The Three Components of “Get It Done”

First off is that people are reliable and take ownership of what they are responsible for. That combination is necessary, but is not sufficient. It’s just the start.

Next is that someone is driven and focused. This is critical to do what’s necessary to get something done quickly and completely. This is harder than just taking ownership. This is making sure that it is completed quickly. Slow and steady isn’t Windward; all out full speed ahead is what we need here. Every single day.

And finally comes challenging assumptions and putting forth alternatives. This is the most important of all. Finding a better solution beats doing it the same way as everyone else. This is where the brilliance of get it done comes in – finding a better, faster, more useful way of accomplishing something. This is how we make significant improvement. Doing the same old thing faster and more efficiently only takes you so far. Doing it differently is a game changer.

So how does this play out? Recently I bet one of my managers a nickel that one of our developers could get something done in one day. I then told the developer of the bet and offered him a dime if he accomplished it. This developer is the poster child for Get it Done in every sense of the word. Needless to say, he accomplished a week’s work in one day (and a bit of the weekend). That’s the power of having a company full of people like this.

Other Windward Core Values

In my next post, I’ll discuss our fifth core value: How We Communicate Matters.

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Author: David Thielen

Dave, Windward's founder and CEO, is passionate about building superb software teams from scratch and dramatically improving the productivity of existing software teams. He's really proud that he once created a game so compelling (Enemy Nations) that a now-professional World of Warcraft player lost his job for playing it incessantly on company time. You can read more from Dave on his personal blog, and at Huffington Post.

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