I enjoy working with small teams trying to realize grand visions.
The only term that I have discovered that represents the approach to work that I like to take, is Shoshin, which means “beginner’s mind”. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions.
What I've found is that the best teams approach the biggest challenges with a mind that is just beginning to learn. Where attention to detail is as crucial as attitude and vision, coupled with a serious desire to persist - despite all odds.
I'm extremely lucky to be a part of two such organizations: Baan Dek, the first accredited Montessori school in the state of South Dakota, and Montessorium, an educational lifestyle company that creates delightful, engaging activities and apps for children, and helpful, inspiring resources for parents.
Of course, none of this would be possible without my wife June, with whom I'm constantly collaborating on all these projects and more. She keeps us on our tippy toes, always pushing us further. Together, we write a series of children's books at June Books.