Editor’s Note: “Black and Khaki” is a column written by Enlighten Chairman Jeremy Jacobs. It’s name is derived from what has been dubbed as Jeremy’s “uniform” — a khaki hat, black shirt, khaki pants. Jeremy wears this combination daily and we felt it was only right to name his column after his signature style.
As recently as a month ago, I began to notice some of our newer employees coming to life. I could hear it in the way they spoke to their friends and family about how proud they are of the work we do to educate the cannabis industry and how they were welcomed into a tight knit group of employees. They produce quality work with a passion. These people genuinely care about their job and, while that made me grin from ear to ear, it made me wonder how I got so lucky. Knowing I was going to embark on a hiring journey, I started taking notes about the culture of this office. Here’s what I learned.
It doesn’t matter whose job it is, it matters that it gets done. If a situation arises, regardless of how big or small, it gets addressed. The person who spotted it may not be the person who can fix it but they are the person that champions the solution. If a problem presents itself multiple times, we find a way to prevent it from occurring again. We take ownership of our office space like it’s our home. You don’t see that sense of pride or ownership from people who aren’t in love with their career. You only see that that sense of pride and ownership from people employed by seemingly unattainable fairytale employers with snow-cone machines and offices on the beach, right? Wrong. I see it here at Enlighten on a daily basis.
Being excellent doesn’t mean being perfect. When you make a mistake, as we all do, take accountability and fix it. When your colleague makes a mistake and comes to you for help, help them without telling everyone else about it…even if it’s after hours. Excellence means being the ultimate-team player who is not only self-aware of their own weaknesses, but is willing to take the necessary steps to address and improve. We don’t hide weaknesses, we overcome them by being honest with ourselves and each other. The relationships employees have with each other are authentic. Excellence is striving to elevate and empower one another. There is no competition here, except to be better than we were last month. Excellence puts you at a meeting 10 minutes early, not 15 minutes late. It means you do the things that fall through the cracks, regardless of whether or not it’s a line item in your job description.
Enlighten is a one-of-a-kind start-up providing cutting edge, new age innovative technology. The things we are doing today are changing the industry tomorrow. If you’re dream is to be an entrepreneur, this is the place you acquire those skills. Every employee brings a fresh perspective and new skill sets to the company and the team benefits immensely. Reaching this level of ownership and excellence allows for special freedoms. Need to take an extended lunch break to run errands? No problem. Want to work Saturday this week instead of Tuesday? Cool. Snacks are everywhere in this office. We bring bean bag chairs to meetings. Your well behaved dog can sleep under your desk. We break office stigmas and norms.
The entire Enlighten team takes ownership over who we are, strives for excellence in what we do and embraces the opportunity of what we will grow to become. We are currently accepting resumes for several positions. We doubled our staff in the past year and we’re going to double it again, but only if you fit the part. Do you have the ownership and excellence to qualify for the opportunity?
If any of this sounds like you then we invite you apply to the open positions below. We are very selective with who we welcome into the Enlighten family though, so give it your best. This could be your opportunity to take your first steps into a larger world. Send your resumes and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your subject line should be the title of this blog.