Kids are better entrepreneurs than we are. They show up excited, listen to their customers and make sure everyone is happy. But something happens as they grow up. Kids lose their enthusiasm and ability to empathize. Then they become us. Super busy adults, always tired, cranky and never having enough time to do a good job. Why does this happen and how can we get that fun swagger of our youth back? The answers may delight you.
Carl Smith is The Advisor to nGen Works and irreverent ditcher of the nine-to-five.
Carl Smith is an irreverent ditcher of the nine-to-five and mortal enemy of the overworked lifestyle. Owner and founder of nGen Works, Carl’s role is that of an advisor, to nGen and other companies, on how to create self-sustaining teams that perform at the highest levels. Carl has made a name for himself by creating a new framework for how we get things done, and by enabling us to realign our creative communities. When he’s not conducting business experiments with companies around the world, he’s busy sculpting a new face for the world of work… and play.
Visit Carl’s team page to learn more about his other quirks, including his love of ’70s television and fear of tarantula invasions.
Tailored to fit any audience from entrepreneurs to client services to not-for-profits, Carl offers clear messages and a no-BS approach to business. Discover how each of these talks are designed not only to shift the way we work, but to turn our concept of work into something better.
I’ve seen Carl speak once, and can’t wait to do so again. He was equal turns engaging and educational, hilarious and informative. Carl is keenly passionate about improving how and why we work, and I look forward to learning from him in the future.
– Ethan Marcotte, author of Responsive Web Design
The future of teamwork has a distinctively autonomous slant to it. While much attention is being paid to the tools that keep a team running, little is paid to the psychological health of team members. Like it or not, we’re primates with social needs. Pixels don’t engage us like personalities. Carl will review the issues teams face now and in the future. He’ll also share the path to creating a warm, nurturing environment where hierarchies are just a footnote.
“Being able to choose means answering only to yourself.”
Our lives are made up of choices, both good and bad. What is critical to remember is that we are the ones who get to make these choices. We should never be swayed by what the masses tell us to do. We should never follow the status quo. Carl explores the influence of both the angels and assholes of our history and how their choices show us what’s important in business and in life.
What People Are Saying
“All of #frontendconf just yelled “asshole” at a picture of Edison. Nicely done, @carlsmith. #nerds”
“Choose! Always try, trust yourself and stop listening to others. #trythebananas @carlsmith #frontendconf”
“Two Portal references in one #frontendconf? — Magic. Thanks, @carlsmith.”
“Most inspiring talk today by @carlsmith. Tough to top! #frontendconf”
Most businesses are built on a broken operating system. One that believes in old concepts of carrots and sticks. For decades we’ve ignored research that shows the path to a better culture, product and bottom line involves abandoning the notions of the past. It’s time to embrace the reality that the needs and ambitions of the human beings we surround ourselves with can fuel a brighter tomorrow. Carl will share examples of sustainable change that improves every aspect of a company through adopting a management philosophy of doing less.
“A jellyfish is simple. It’s a transparent system designed to get things done. So is this work model.”
Ever wonder how a jellyfish gets things done?
It’s transparent, simple, and isn’t governed by a bossy brain (it doesn’t even have one). All its parts function fluidly in tandem and it is propelled to touch everything in its world. The jellyfish only lives for a short time, but it blooms by the millions in every ocean; in fact, it thrives in broken, compromised environments. You might just say the jellyfish redefines its ocean landscape.
Now imagine the Jellyfish Model of work. A distributed team temporarily connected by a common vision: a group of people who are accountable to each other to get things done. They create their own system, refine their roles, and transform the human landscape by counting on the fact that the whole world is watching. Using practical application and real-world examples, Carl reveals the potential of this revolutionary model and uncovers how it has the ability to change the face of work—and the world—as we know it.
- Explore the definition of ambient accountability
- Examine the shift towards distributed teams
- Customize this model to make it work for you
- Generate big ideas that make the world a little better