Thanks to Fueled Collective for underwriting our How I Work series!
What one word best describes how you work?
What is your current device/hardware/office setup?
I’m a very confused technology user. I became a Mac/Apple gal in college and then married a PC user who has been slowly trying to bring me to what he refers to as “the light.”
I’ve made a slow transition to a Google Pixel…and my two co-founders are PC/Microsoft guys. I don’t think I can go back to Microsoft after OS/X on my computer, though.
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
Slack and everything Google. Carta = key for online cap table.
What your sleep schedule like in terms of hours/wake-up and what’s the morning routine?
Dream Day: Wake up at 6am without an alarm and with something better than Folders in my cup. Work out. Read the newspaper and walk into the office in slow motion while I say good morning and wave to everyone while looking my best.
Reality: Wake up 6-7 hours after I went to bed. Shower. Listen to NPR’s Up First and an audiobook while I get ready and head to the office by 9.
Is there a method to how you schedule your days?
Whenever things work best for those kind enough to share their time with me is when I like to meet. Mondays our customers are busy with new students orienting to their clinical sites so it’s a good time for us to get work done and I try to keep my meetings light so I have heads down time. Tuesday-Wednesday I survive and Friday our team tries to do something more fun to connect and unwind.
How much time do you spend in vs. out of the office?
If I’m doing my job well I shouldn’t be in the office too much. I spend the fall/spring traveling and summers I’m in the office most of the time. Clinical sites are bringing in their new residents and fellows so we have time to regroup for the fall. :)
Where is the office?
We’re so grateful to be at the beautiful Industrious space in the North Loop.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?
Think before you act. Sometimes we just do things to feel busy and worthy of our work…it’s not always productive but it sure wears you out.
What is that one thing you have to do, no matter what, every day?
Connect with God. I’ve been told that what we’re trying to accomplish is a lofty goal and I’m pretty sure I need an energy source outside of little me to make it happen.
What is your preferred form of communication and why?
Slack. I like that I feel on top of and in control of the notifications and our team connects so well there. Outside of our team I’d say email.
On average, how many hours a day do you spend in meetings?
When, where and what do you typically eat for lunch?
When I remember to eat I love Crisp and Green on Washington Ave. Their bowls are so big it’s lunch and dinner for me sometimes.
How many hour a week do you work on average and do you work in the evenings and/or weekends?
I like to measure outcomes, not hours. Energy isn’t something you can plan for, and I try to be intentional about avoiding burnout and make sure to rest 1 day a week.
What is the best advice you ever received, accepted, and applied?
This question makes me giggle. I believe in the wisdom of many counselors…but at times that leads to conflicting advice. So I love this story…
A man and his son were once going with their donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?”
So the man put his son on the donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said: “See that lazy kid, he lets his dad walk while he rides.”
So the man ordered his son to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other: “Shame on that lazy dad to let his poor son trudge along.”
Well, the man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his Boy up before him on the donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passers-by began to point at them. The man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours—you and your hulking son?”
The man and his son got off and tried to think what to do.
They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to market bridge, when the donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the donkey fell over the bridge, and his fore-feet being tied together he was drowned.
“That will teach you,” said an old man who had followed them:
“PLEASE ALL, AND YOU WILL PLEASE NONE.”
This helps me to remember that everyone will have their opinion, but only I or my team will have the full context as to why we made whatever decisions we did.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see Kyle Rolfing from Minnesota’s tech industry answer these same questions.