EXCEL - Have High Standards, Think Big
Chris Taylor, January 24, 2022
I recently attended a concert in Austin, Texas with my two sons. The three of us love music and it was a great chance to spend some quality time together. After the first few songs I asked my son, “is it just me, or is everyone else having a ‘moment’ too?” I was stunned by the performance that was being put on. It was one of those rare moments, at least for me, where I was simply blown away by the talent and artistry of the band.
I’ve had this type of experience in a variety of situations, at a restaurant, watching a movie, on a hunting trip, in a church service, and even getting a washing machine repaired. I’ve thought a lot about what causes everything to come together perfectly in these situations. I'm sure that you've had similar experiences in your life and wondered why.
I believe that one of the primary reasons why we have these moments is because of excellence. Sure, there are probably a variety of things that some together but one of the common elements is that the person or group of people that are involved excel at what they do. And, when someone is really good at something, we can’t miss it.
At Tack Systems, we want to be individually and collectively people that excel at what we do. We want to create “moments” like this for our customers. This is why we’ve made EXCEL one of our core values. We want to be individuals that have the expertise to get the job done and the execution to make it come together perfectly.
Chris Taylor, May 02 2022
Our final core value is about getting things done. This is something we talk about a lot at Tack Systems and I usually reference Larry the Cable Guy. If you don't know who this is, Google him. He's a famous comedian that says "Git-R-Done" like a redneck. I love this type of humor. And, I also love getting things done.There are, evidently, a lot of software companies who don't get things done. This year we've stepped in to several projects where a previous company started a project and never got close to the finish line. It's surprising to me that this is true because I've always been the type of person that finishes what I start. However, I understand the complexities of technical projects and understand how things can go wrong.It was gratifying to see the software development community adopt the Agile methodology. This started just over 20 years ago and began gaining popularity after I had already been developing software for over 10 years. It affirms the get it done mindset in establishing principles like "early and continuous delivery of valuable software", "deliver working software frequently", and "working software is the primary measure of progress." Agile was a breath of fresh air for me because I prefer writing code and delivering solutions.So, we love to break projects down into small, usable pieces and deliver working software in phases whenever possible.Read More
Chris Taylor, Nov 15 2021
I recently took the Gallup Top 5 CliftonStrengths Assessment and was surprised that my top strength was Relator. I was shocked because I'm very goal oriented, many times at the cost of stepping on others along the way. This is something that I've been working on over the past few years. Maybe this is a sign that I'm making some progress?!?Computer geeks (like us) are prone to think we're smarter than everyone else. It's easier for us to push someone out of the way and do it ourselves instead of working with others to get something done. We've decided that this is wrong and want to be better than that. The truth is that we can't accomplish anything significant without relying upon each other, leveraging each other's strengths to offset our own weaknesses.This is why we've decided we chose RELATE as one of our core values. We believe that the only way to effectively learn how to rely upon each other is to build a community that is based upon trust within our company and also with our customers. For us, this means we try to care about each other, serve each other, trust each other, and laugh with each other.We don't just want to do great work. We want to play our part in fostering relationships that allow us to reach beyond our individual abilities.Read More
Chris Taylor, Aug 17 2021
I love hearing an inspirational quote or a great joke. But I don’t usually remember things long enough to repeat them. However, I have been repeating something that I’ve discovered over the last 30+ years of business. I take every opportunity to encourage my team, and anyone else who is forced to listen, to “care about what you do and get better at what you do.”In my previous blog post, I wrote about why I believe it’s important to care about what you do. I’d like to spend a few minutes explaining why I believe it’s also essential to get better at what you do.The world is constantly changing. This is especially true with technology. And, sometimes, it feels as it the pace of change is accelerating. The only way to keep up with it is to grow along with the change. If we’re not learning and growing with it, then we’ll get left behind.For those of us in the business of technology, we MUST be growing to keep our skills relevant. We believe that we serve our customers best when we are constantly surveying the technology landscape, curiously analyzing all of the available tools, and architecting reliable, secure, cost effective and innovative solutions.Read More