At times, it can feel uncomfortable to operate according to your convictions. This is particularly true when a conviction differs from what is common amongst those in your environment. It’s kind of like rooting for your team while sitting among a collection of fans from the opposing team.
But when we stand alongside those who share our convictions, there is a feeling of freedom and enjoyment that is exciting and easier to navigate relationally. This rings true in the workplace.
The Expectation for How We Work
We’ve defined our core values here at Clickstop. This is not an exhaustive list of all values present within the collection of team members, but it is a list that applies specifically to the work that we do fulfillment of our mission: to create a business that is sustainable, enjoyable and provides opportunity for those who seek it.
We don’t rest on the culture we’ve built. Rather, we must continue to place emphasis on how we work. Everyone’s contribution to how we work, and influence upon others in how they work, is the number one way each individual can make an impact on the culture of Clickstop.
Taking Risks and Owning the Success and Failure
Brian has grown tremendously in the last year and it all came together this quarter when he saw opportunities to grow our ability to monetize photo and video services for Leverage. He took the risk of trying something he had never done before and created a sales plan for selling media. He stretched beyond his area of expertise and became the sales person for his own services: worked on web development for those services and executing on videos for several new external customers while also satisfying the internal demand.
Along the way, Brian embraced constructive feedback and courageously provided it to others. As someone who wants to say yes to requests and make the people around him happy, it could be difficult for Brian to question actions he saw as out of alignment with our core values… and he did it anyway. One nomination stated that you can count on Brian to respectfully say what he thinks and provide constructive conversation that leads to action.
Nice job challenging yourself and others, Brian. And congratulations on receiving our Q4 ‘Courageous’ award!
What is your role at Clickstop?
Creative Producer – mostly photography, videography, and editor.
How long have you worked at Clickstop?
How did you feel upon being recognized for this award?
It felt great. Clickstop does a tremendous job at recognizing individuals and teams.
What do you believe has led up to this recognition?
Being challenged by Cari in a way that resonated with me was the precursor. Part of her challenge was to take a new mindset toward selling our media services. I’m far from a salesman, but I needed to step up and think more like an entrepreneur, more like an owner, take educated risks, and own their success or failure. I also learned to be better at tactfully questioning actions inconsistent with our core values. Facing a few different obstacles and challenges is what led to the need to step up, do better, and be more courageous. In the heat of an individual moment or day, it’s hard to see. But so many times in life, the most difficult challenges, if faced with the right attitude, turn out to be a rewarding experience.
Have you had struggles within this Core Trait? If so, what have they been and how did you overcome them?
I wouldn’t say I struggled with being courageous, but it wasn’t a strong trait either. Rather than speak up and say something controversial, I’d prefer to go with the flow and not ruffle any feathers. To overcome this, I had some really productive conversations with people who were much better at this than I was. Like with a lot of my career growth, I utilize other people’s advice, talents, and perspective to help mold me into the best that I can be. I’m thankful I’ve worked with a lot of talented and successful people through the years.
Why is this Core Trait important to the success of Clickstop?
Really good communication is one of the most important aspects of the culture at Clickstop and having honest dialogue is a huge part of that. My mindset to think more like an entrepreneur and take ownership of my projects also became very empowering.
What brought you to Clickstop?
I wanted new challenges and to get a camera back in my hands. I was at my previous employer for over ten years and felt it was time for a change. My last couple of years there I wasn’t shooting as much as I would have liked so when the opportunity arose here it felt like a perfect fit.
What keeps you at Clickstop?
The people are number one. When people ask me about Clickstop, the first thing I always mention is just how talented and genuine the people at Clickstop are. I noticed that the first day I started here.
Why should others want to work at Clickstop?
Chef Z’s chicken quesadillas and all the things mentioned above.
If you had to pick one food to eat for the rest pf your life, what would it be?
I wish I had something super exotic or interesting to go with but if I’m being honest with myself, it’s pizza.
What is the coolest/craziest place you ever been to? Coolest place would have to be filming the Hawkeyes on the Kinnick turf last year. I’ve been to Kinnick a million times but last year was the first time I got to film from the sidelines. A close second would be the beaches of Acapulco, Mexico.
What is your favorite activity that you like to do with your family?
The best things in life are free. Simple stuff in our back yard like family soccer/baseball/basketball games, water blaster wars, and bags.