Success has a funny way of making you comfortable. Sometimes, too comfortable. If the thing you’re doing appears to be working, your natural inclination is to do more of if. The problem is, when you’re comfortable, you have no motivation to look around and think about what might need to change. Who wants to be less comfortable? Especially if you’ve worked hard to get to that point. The thing is, what if the reason you were successful was temporary? What if there are small defects in your system waiting to become bigger down the road? Your comfort zone can be your own worst enemy. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Peloton has had a rough few months. After having record sales throughout the pandemic they are not in a position of having more inventory than anyone wants. Supply is way higher than demand. Barry McCarthy took over as CEO and held an all-hands meeting. McCarthy wasted no time trying to motivate the employees. In an email, he detailed 10 values that employees will find “reflected in my day-to-day interactions.”

Here’s the entire list:

1) Be stubborn on vision, flexible on details
2) Fast is as slow as we go
3) Intuition drives testing. Data drives decision making
4) Your comfort zone is your own worst enemy
5) Talent density is foundational
6) Stress context not control, freedom and responsibility
7) Understand in order to be understood
8) Get real
9) Think from first principles
10) Put first things first

It’s not a bad list. Those are all good “values,” though they’re more like leadership principles. Nothing on that list is particularly new, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t useful. For that matter, they’re all relatively good guiding principles.

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