A brief retrospective
I just returned from Whistler, BC, along with 1300 other Mozillians.
Because we’re a global organization, it’s important to get everyone together every now and then. We matched faces with IRC channels, talked shop over finger-food, and went hiking with random colleagues. Important people gave speeches. Teams aligned. There was a massive party at the top of a mountain.
Typically, I learn the most from experiences like these only after they have ended. Now that I’ve had 48 hours to process (read: recover), some themes have emerged…
- Organizing and mobilizing a bunch of smart, talented, opinionated people is hard work.
- It’s easy to say “you’re doing it wrong.” It takes courage to ask “how could we do it better?”
- Anyone can find short-term gains. The best leaders define a long-term vision, then enable individuals to define their own contribution.
- Success is always relative, and only for a moment in time.
- Accelerated change requires rapid adaptation. Being small is our advantage.
- The market is what you make it. So make it better (for everyone).
- It’s been said that when technology works, it’s magic. I disagree. Magic is watching passionate people – from all over the world – create technology together.
Also, it has now been confirmed by repeatable experiment: I’m not a people person – especially when lots of them are gathered in small spaces. I’m fucking exhausted.
Officially signing back on,