Being an Entrepreneur is Never Just About Business.
Entrepreneurship isn’t something that is done, it’s a personality trait. Entrepreneurship is about taking a chance to become more, to do more and to have control over of your future. There is a very fine line between personal and business, and I am a firm believer that everything we believe in and value comes across in how we run our business and the people we surround ourselves with.
At LLG (Lucky Lady Games), we try very hard to hire well. By hiring well, we mean that everyone one who joins our team is thoroughly tested (code tests for programmers, art tests for artists etc.) and that working chemistry + personality is just as important as the skills one adds to the team.
We believe in a creative and passionate team who share similar lifestyle beliefs in the workplace and in some cases their personal life as well. If you think about how much time you will spend interacting with your co-workers, why not hire and work with people you enjoy?
Invest in People First. Ideas Second.
Rather than being micro-managed and have a top-down management hierarchy structure, we strive for workplace freedom by being task oriented rather than hourly clock-ins. By keeping everyone on equal playing field and nurturing ideas as much as possible, we believe our team members are more productive and work with a sense of joy in their contributions. While we are well aware that an unconventional way to run a studio such as this may end up a complete disaster, we remain confident in believing that if we focus on the WHY instead of just the WHAT, we will succeed.
We believe that hiring leaders and self motivated individuals is the critical first step in achieving our company goals. Our company IS the people in it.
Check out this cool employee handbook by Value, a company which follows a similar internal structure we admire and aim to achieve: http://newcdn.flamehaus.com/Valve_Handbook_LowRes.pdf . If you are not familiar with Valve, they are the game studio that produced the game Half-Life, a science fiction first-person shooter video game that sold 9.3 million copies in the 90s.
A company tells a story from the inside out. I aim to create a better work-life-balance for the LLG team and to nurture and support the birth place of creativity and inspiration. Yes, it may be natural to believe from the outside looking in, that making your artist and programmers work 16 hours a day to meet deadlines is productive, but could it actually be damaging to creative quality and results? Ask yourself, is it the best way and is it really effective? Science says in certain environments, people are not motivated by traditional rewards such as money but by having a sense of purpose in what they are doing.
I highly recommend you watch one of my favorite Ted Talks: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/dan_pink_on_motivation.html
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
Signing off notes: Invest in people and maybe we can one day change the world.
It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you last year so you can stay relevant today.
“When all think alike, then no one is thinking.”— Walter Lippman
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Lucky Lady Games is a games and app developer located in Vancouver BC. If you are looking to work in a gaming company in Vancouver, we are always looking for talented app developers and game designers to join our team. Please visit our website at www.luckyladygames.com for open positions.
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