I recently welcomed Max Yoder to the Let’s Fix Work podcast. Max is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lessonly, an online service that provides bite-sized learning with big impact to today’s trainers, managers, and subject-matter experts. I have to tell you, Max is a CEO who’s trying to get it right. He’s not just a CEO who’s concerned about the numbers. That has always left such a positive impression on me. What has also left a positive impression on me is Max’s mission to help professionals do better work. In fact, we discussed his philosophy at length on the podcast. Some of what he said is worth mentioning again.
This is what Max had to say about doing better work, “‘Do better work’ is our mission at Lessonly, if we can help people do better work, they will live better lives. If we can teach somebody how to do their job a little bit better, 1% better, 2% better, they’re going to feel more confident in their role. They’re going to feel more competent in their role. That’s not just going to go away. When they walk out the door to go home, they’re going to have a feeling of levity and a feeling of assuredness that they take home to their friends or their family. So when you think about doing better work, we think that’s a direct impact on you and your job. But it also walks home with you and we think that’s pretty darn special.” That is pretty darn special, Max.
Alright, so how do we actually do better work? Well, Max believes that clarity and camaraderie are key. “Clarity is all about understanding what works, why it works, and how to do it, “ he says.
He goes on to say, “If we have a better understanding and we have more clarity on a team, that’s a really good thing. You measure that with camaraderie or you match that with camaraderie, and you gain a mutual trust and respect. When we have clarity and we have camaraderie, we’re going to make a lot of progress.”
Translation: when we have both clarity and camaraderie in the workplace, we can do better work.
When you think about it, it makes so much sense. Yet, disconnect, low morale, and lack of focus is still often found in the workplace, among teams and leaders.
I leave you with this question: what can you do today to begin to build camaraderie and clarity in your organization? We all should strive to do better, be better, and work better. Figure out what steps you need to take to move towards a better tomorrow.
Want more from Max? We flex our Midwestern accents and talk about training in the workplace, vulnerability, leadership, and nonviolent communication. Not bad for a kid from Goshen, Indiana, right? Head over here to listen!