Atoms on “Give a Shit” – the Quintessential Atomic Value

When we ask clients or interviewees to name their favorite Atomic value, most say, “Give a shit.” It’s pretty unusual as corporate values go (they’re usually more like “quality” and “service”), so I always assumed that’s why it stands out.

But now I’m not so sure. The experience of writing these posts has show me that “give a shit” isn’t just the most unusual Atomic value, it’s also the quintessential Atomic value. Read more on Atoms on “Give a Shit” – the Quintessential Atomic Value…

Atoms on “Teach and Learn” – Building the Brain Trust

In the ever-changing world of software, you’re never done learning new things. Atoms want to make great software, so need to stay at the top of our game. That’s why Teach and Learn is one of our five values.

I asked atoms, “What does Teach and Learn mean to you?” Here’s what they told me. Read more on Atoms on “Teach and Learn” – Building the Brain Trust…

Atoms on “Share the Pain” – We’re in This Together

As Atoms, we’re all in this together. Our value of Share the Pain means we bear each other’s burdens—working together to meet tough deadlines, helping each other move, even taking turns emptying the dishwasher.

I asked atoms, “What does Share the Pain mean to you?” Here’s what they told me. Read more on Atoms on “Share the Pain” – We’re in This Together…

Atoms on “Own It” – Your Problem Is My Problem

Atomic’s five values are central to every policy we create and every decision we make—and I don’t just mean management-level decisions. The last time we considered adding a new value, it started a 100-message-long email thread discussing what “transparency” meant and trying to get the wording just right. In other words, our values really matter to all of us. Read more on Atoms on “Own It” – Your Problem Is My Problem…

Atomic Object Named one of Michigan’s “Cool Places to Work”

Atomic Object has been named one of 75 “Cool Places to Work” in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Carl Erickson, Atomic’s co-founder and CEO, described himself as “moved” by the honor: “Business success is nice,” said Erickson, “but achieving it with people who care deeply about what they do, and who they do it with, is better. I’m proud of what we’ve built, and inspired by the people I work with. Happy people do great work.” Read more on Atomic Object Named one of Michigan’s “Cool Places to Work”…

Clients Aren’t Customers – They’re Teammates

The Detroit Lions have been having a tough year with their kicking game. They are on their third kicker this year, and the season is only half over!  As a Lions fan, I was happy to hear the kicker say this:

“If they send me out there, they’re not sending me out there to just kick the ball. They expect points.”

– Matt Prater, Detroit Lions field goal kicker

I felt that this guy understands it’s the results that matter. (Let’s just forget that he missed his first two fields goals this year.) We want him to go out there and kick the ball, sure. But we also want the result of the kick to get us some points! Read more on Clients Aren’t Customers – They’re Teammates…