It’s 6am and my phone’s alarm is blaring from the bedside table. I’ve been up for hours since I haven’t been able to sleep as the feelings of excitement and fear race through my mind. It’s my first day of work at Besomebody.
I’ve had a lot of first days before but this one feels different. They told me the pace was quicker, the culture was different, and the expectations were higher than anything I had ever experienced. I knew I was in for a big change, but I had no idea what any of that meant until I got to experience it first-hand.
As I wrap up my fourth week at Besomebody, here are five of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far.
- Culture is everything – Before I joined this team, I didn’t know what a company culture even was. I’ve worked primarily for large corporations that treat you more like a number than a person. That doesn’t happen here. Spend a few minutes with this team and you’ll quickly learn that the culture is the heartbeat. It defines everything: how we’re hired, how we treat clients, and how we interact with one another. Adjusting to the culture has been, and will continue to be, one of the biggest adjustments for me because I’ve never worked in a place that truly practices what they preach. Every day I wake up excited about coming into the office because I get to work alongside a passionate group of people who truly care about one another and the work that we’re doing. I know that I still have so much to learn in my new role though. I need to continuously remind myself to not be afraid to admit what I don’t know and ask smart questions whenever I have the opportunity, because after all, we’re all in this together.
- Always be grateful – This is the key to happiness at Besomebody and what is stressed more than anything else. Being grateful is about truly appreciating what’s around you and every opportunity you’re given. On my third day I was fortunate enough to experience this for myself. Kash, our CEO, bought me a plane ticket to Dallas so I could join the team at my first Besomebody event. I had no purpose on that trip. He did it because he wanted me to learn what being a part of this team was all about. I was able to witness this at our team dinner that first night as one by one, everyone went around the table and shared their stories of gratitude. I heard how Besomebody made them better people, how no one ever believed in them and how the team truly feels like a family. There was laughter and there were tears, and it was at that moment I realized just how grateful I was for this team and this opportunity.
- The truth matters– As a kid, you probably heard that honesty is the best policy. As an adult, this concept is a bit more difficult to grasp, especially in the workplace. Almost every company claims that honesty is important, but at Besomebody, honesty is a core value. It creates trust and transparency and starts from the top. Over the past two weeks, I’ve witnessed more genuine honesty from this team than I have in my entire professional career. After our event in Dallas, we gathered back at the hotel to de-brief. Kash said the event was a “10 out of 10,” but that doesn’t mean there weren’t things that we could all improve upon. The next 44 minutes were spent talking about each of those areas. The feedback from Kash was very specific and empathetic. I could see first-hand that he genuinely cares about every single person on this team and wants to help each of us reach our full potential.
- It’s all in the details – One of the principles at Besomebody is “Do great work.” Good is not good enough and the only way to make it great is by focusing on the details. During that event in Dallas, I was able to see what makes this team different. From making sure every square inch of that stage was perfectly lit, to steaming out the curtains on a pipe and drape, to perfectly preparing our messaging, presentations, and client strategy, no stone was left unturned. Everything needed to be great, and if it wasn’t, you needed to figure out how to make it that way.
- Keep your ego in check – Everyone has an ego. It convinces us we’re important and makes us feel needed. We rarely set it aside, but always expect everyone else to set theirs aside for us. In one of my previous roles, it was very obvious that egos were interfering with the best interest of the company. Great ideas were never heard, mistakes were never learned from, and proper credit was never given. That “me before the company” mentality can be detrimental in the workplace. Within these four walls, everyone is on a level playing field. It doesn’t matter what your title says, where you’ve worked before, or what letters follow your name; you’re not better than anyone else. We’re all in this together working towards one common goal, and when egos aren’t present, that’s when the great work gets done.
It’s only been four weeks since I joined the Besomebody team and I can already tell you that it’s one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. I know I still have a long way to go before I’ll fully understand what it means to be a part of this team, but I’m so excited for the future and I know this list will never stop growing.