The moment you walk
into Menlo Innovations, you can sense the atmosphere full of energy,
playfulness, enthusiasm, and maybe even … joy. As a package-delivery person
once remarked, “I don't know what you do, but whatever it is, I want to work
Every year, thousands of visitors come from around the world
to visit Menlo Innovations, a small software company in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
They make the trek not to learn about technology but to witness a radically
different approach to company culture.
CEO and “Chief Storyteller” Rich Sheridan removed the fear
and ambiguity that typically make a workplace miserable. His own experience in
the software industry taught him that, for many, work was marked by long hours
and mismanaged projects with low-quality results. There had to be a better way.
With joy as the explicit goal, Sheridan and his team changed
everything about how the company was run. They established a shared belief
system that supports working in pairs and embraces making mistakes, all while
fostering dignity for the team.
The results blew away all expectations. Menlo has won
numerous growth awards and was named an Inc.
magazine “audacious small company.” It has tripled its physical office three
times and produced products that dominate markets for its clients.
Joy, Inc. offers
an inside look at how Sheridan and Menlo created a joyful culture, and shows
how any organization can follow their methods for a more passionate team and
sustainable, profitable results. Sheridan also shows how to run smarter
meetings and build cultural training into your hiring process.
Joy, Inc. offers
an inspirational blueprint for listeners in any field who want a committed,
energizing atmosphere at work—leading to sustainable business results. Download and start listening now!