The second stop of Kintone Connect 2019 road series was in “Beantown” Boston. We took our mission of sharing teamwork, our vision of creating social impact, and our discussions on policies, culture and tools to this 389-year-old town to help individuals and organizations learn how to create a bigger impact in their communities. Here’s what was shared about teamwork, leadership, and impact from this half-day thought-provoking event.
"If we're going to make teamwork better, we need to focus on team members." – Dave Landa, CEO of Kintone
"Everybody has a social impact - it’s just a matter of what kind. Inactivity is just as impactful as an activity." – Heather Johnson, Compliance Officer at Conrad Industries Inc.
“Organizations have to really focus on their actions. For a lot of organizations, most of their time is spent on crafting the mission statement or writing this employee handbook. A lot of times they’re missing the truth. What actually happens is that people see the decisions their managers make, and the decisions that the company as a whole makes. Employees are not stupid, they can tell the difference between what you’re saying and what you’re doing.” – Jess Charlap, Boston Marketing Manager for Perkins Eastman
“Look at how your leaders are spending their time. You can tell a lot about a leader by how they spend their time -- do they show up, what are the actions they take. As a leader, I ask myself what is the impact that I will have on my community by where I allocate my time.” – Natalia Urtubey, Director at City of Boston Small Business
“You always need to remember where you came from. Companies always start with one person and a crazy idea. Keep it on every level.” – Heather Johnson, Compliance Officer at Conrad Industries Inc.
"You can't mandate culture. But you have to intentionally lay down a vision to get you to the culture." – Dave Landa, CEO of Kintone
“It's about collective action -- showing up, participating. My vision for social impact is about how we can move collectively towards desired goals. We have all the solutions, resources and creativity in our community. You have to move toward how do we solve the issues our community faces.” – Natalia Urtubey, Director at City of Boston Small Business
“It's ok to realize that my passion is the same as other people's passions. Make it personal and keep the passion.” – Heather Johnson, Compliance Officer at Conrad Industries Inc.
At the event, Heather Johnson gave everybody an “out of the box” kit.
She said, “The rubber band is to remind you to always stretch your thinking. Challenge what you've already known. The sponge is to remind you to absorb as much as you can from the people around you. And the coffee filter is to remind you to take in what you need and filter out things that distract you from your focus.”
Finally, we’d like to close out this article with this great quote from Jess Charlap:
"Be the social impact you want to see."
We're going to Chicago next. Come join us in Chicago October 09, 2019. Save your spot here!