Nope. 417. 4 – 1 – 7. 417 reasons I love my organization. Ready? Here we go.
1. I love its weird name. Mazuma. What the heck?
2. I get to work with folks who are becoming more than simply colleagues.
3-173. The Mighty Mazumans. I lucked out. These guys are awesome. Such an eclectic mix of people and personalities, each and every 170 of them.
174. I tricked my buddy into working here.
175. Our lending department has a punching bag. And it’s not a person. (most days)
176-183. I love my Culture/Branding/Development/HR/Corporate Social Responsibility gang. Each one of them is unique in their own way, and brings something different to the team. I’ll tell you this though — they care deeply about their work and the Mazumans and members for whom they do it.
184-188. I love my exec teammates. All great in their own ways, they’ve been nothing but kind, accepting, and supportive.
189. As Mazumans, we’re learning how to have fun together. At work. Yes, you read that correctly. Work…and fun…at the same time. It’s not an either/or proposition.
190. I love that we have clearly stated cultural values.
191. I love that having fun and being positive is one of them.
192. I love that creativity is another one.
193. I love that Mazumans are encouraged to learn and grow. We’re building a learning function basically from scratch, so it’s a long road; but we’ve got a vision, and when we pull it off, it’ll be pretty badass. It’ll just take us a hot minute to get there.
194. I love how my Benefits & Comp Manager and my Development & Culture Manager balance each other out. I’m also surprised that they haven’t strangled each other yet. In fact, they genuinely seem to like each other, though they almost couldn’t be more opposite.
195. Mazumans are encouraged to be themselves. Takes a while to really “get” this one, but we’re working on it.
196. Change is a normal part of life at Mazuma. If you don’t like change, you’d hate Mazuma. If you like to not only embrace, but also drive change, you’d fit in just fine.
197-317. I have that many different things on my wall. They’re pictures or pieces of art or objects or posters or quotes or vintage advertisements or stuff Mazumans have brought for the wall. It’s such an eclectic mix of cool, interesting, inspiring, funny, and thought-provoking stuff.
318. I’m not micro-managed.
319. We have meetings outside sometimes.
320. A couple of weeks ago, the HR and Development gang set up beach chairs and a beach umbrella outside and made margaritas for the whole building.
321. Our MSS department keeps doing stuff to brighten the day of others. They did a mini-carnival for the whole building, they did a cookout for the whole building, etc.
322. There are so many Mazumans with really inspiring life stories.
323. There’s an actual, real-deal positive and encouraging relationship between my gang and Deonne’s (COO Ops) gang. It’s not always like that in organizations. Let’s just say I’ve seen it be a bit more adversarial in nature.
324. To the best of our ability, we simply will not hire someone who doesn’t fit our culture, even if that person is the most technically skilled person on the planet. Plus, come one, if that person really is that, he or she should have no problem finding a place to land. It just won’t be at Mazuma unless he or she matches the culture.
325. A string of bad luck led to our gang being short-handed, but to watch them band together and work ridiculously hard to get stuff done was inspiring.
326. You can show as many toes as you’ve got. Perhaps that needs some further explanation. I hadn’t been at Mazuma long when I got the question: Exactly how many toes can be showing through my shoes? I know it’s two, but you can sort of see part of a third toe so I don’t know if I can wear them to work.
I was dumbfounded. My response? I don’t really care how many toes you show at work. Heck, if you’ve got twelve, show ‘em all. Use your good sense and wear shoes appropriate for work.
Then I looked at the dress code and immediately understood why I would get such a seemingly bizarre question. The dress code was like this 4, 923 page document detailing precisely what one could or could not wear. We trimmed to a page and a half.
327. We have fantastic benefits. We really do. There’s even a way to basically get your healthcare free. How many organizations do that for their people?
328. Sometimes I work from a coffee shop. Or from outside a coffee shop. Or somewhere outside. And it’s OK because our CEO isn’t held hostage to the notion that people have to be chained to their desks.
329. I love watching the next generation of Mazumans come into their own, especially those who demonstrate leadership skills. They often don’t mean to or know they’re doing it, but that’s almost better because that means it’s just kind of who they are.
330-1. Zero. That’s the number of times I’ve gotten static about all the appointments I have to go to for the cornucopia of medical stuff I’ve got going.
331. Our CEO is a driver, but if you take six seconds to get to know him, he’s got this kind, human, caring heart.
332. Sometimes the aforementioned CEO isn’t great with his words in an email, which I give him a hard time about, and he takes it in stride. He doesn’t take himself too seriously.
333. I have never, in all my time at Mazuma, seen him not stop whatever he’s doing and talk to anyone who stops by his office, be it for five seconds or an hour.
334-399. 65 years Mazuma has been serving the Kansas City area. That’s a long time to be invested in a community. And believe me when I tell you that the best is yet to come.
400. I have a particular teammate who pops in every once in a while to see how I’m doing. How I’m really doing. Means a lot.
401. My exec teammates are OK with my….oddness.
402. I get to do stuff I love. Culture and branding? Are you kidding me?
403. Another Mazuman teammate of mind has a bigger heart than almost anyone I know and cares about Mazuma more than anyone I know. And it shows.
404. Mazuma has the chutzpah to try things. Our CEO is OK with what he calls excellent failure.
405. We’ve got some unbelievably cool stuff on the horizon. I could tell you more but then I’d have to kill you. (I’m an Italian with either a gun or a cannoli. Hint: it’s not the cannoli.)
406. I wear ties to work. Some days, I wear dress slacks, a shirt, and tie to work. I have the freedom to do that.
407. I wear business casual to work. Some days, I wear pants and a shirt to work. I have the freedom to do that.
408. I wear jeans and a t-shirt to work. Some days, I wear jeans and a t-shirt to work. I have the freedom to do that.
409. I do not wear a speedo to work. Mazumans do not have the freedom to do that.
410. When you walk by rooms within which folks are meeting, you often hear laughter. Thank goodness for non-uptight work environments.
411. Our CEO will listen to pretty much any idea you pitch him. Doesn’t mean he’ll say yes, but he’ll listen.
412. Living our core values is part of our annual performance reviews. A big part. Live it or leave it.
413. I have tattoos.
414. I don’t have to hide them at work.
415. We have what we call Semi-Happy Hours, where Mazumans gather at local watering holes to hang out, have a drink, and do whatever. Appetizers are typically on Mazuma. It’s only a Semi-Happy Hour because the drinks aren’t on Mazuma.
416. I love that I don’t get dirty looks about the huge, blue crashing wave I put onto one of my walls.
417. It’s the sort of situation where you just want to drop your anchor and live happily ever after.