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5 Things I’ve Learned Since Joining Trendline Interactive

Chester Bullock

A little over a year ago, I was invited to Austin to see what some professional acquaintances had built, and to see if there was a fit for me. Today is the one-year anniversary of my first day on the job at Trendline Interactive. In a lot of ways, it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. Here is what I’ve learned in that time.

1) A group of alpha personalities can work together marvelously.

Starting at the top, and going all the way to our newest hire, we are a company full of strong personalities. But we’re lacking one key ingredient that causes groups like this to fail: ego.  Don’t get me wrong, we all know what we’re capable of. But we are all pulling in the same direction, and egos get put aside to do great work. It’s a remarkable thing to be part of.

2) Small companies are awesome.

Prior to Trendline, the smallest company I worked for was a ski area some 20 years ago. Since then, I’ve worked for several very large companies.  Some were great, some weren’t, but more than anything, there was always a sense that I was one very small part of the machine.  But being in a small company allows you to see your immediate impact every day – good or bad.

3) Hiring the right people is a challenge.

Being a small company of alpha types, we are the epitome of a high performing team. We cannot afford not to be. On top of the challenges that come with hiring for a specific skillset, it takes a special kind of person to fit in here. Our team in charge of finding talent does a remarkable job.

4) Not every client fits our business, and that’s ok.

I’ve worked at plenty of places where the only goal was to maximize the inbound flow of money. What was overlooked was the cost on the teams involved in bringing that money in. Parting ways is sometimes the best outcome, and it’s ok.

5) I work with a great team.

When they flew me down last spring to check things out, I got a chance to meet everyone in the company. I was quite impressed.  And now that I’ve worked with them for the last year, I am even more impressed. Every person here embodies the values in our culture deck, and I’m still flattered to have been asked to be part of this.

It has been a tremendous year for me, and the best year yet for Trendline Interactive. We have a great team and a great roster of clients that let us do our best day in and day out. I’m looking forward to this year, and many more to come. If you are interested in becoming part of our team, check out our careers page. Even if we don’t have your role listed right now, reach out to one of us, you never know when the next opening will occur.

About the Author(s)

Chester Bullock

Ex-Solutions Consultant. Denver, CO.

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