Global Lighting has made a name for itself as a B2B authority on and curator of discerning design in lighting; we’re proud of our growing collections of modern and contemporary fixtures. And as with any refinement of expression, there is often more than meets the eye; there’s an underlying mindset that determines what is critical for inclusion and what is superfluous, or even misdirected. We are convinced that this degree of intent needs to run throughout any endeavor in order for it to reach its highest potential, including a business, which, after all, is made up of its people.
We have been inspired in this undertaking by the work of Tony Hsieh and the amazing people at Zappos. There is a cycle that has been set in motion, starting with the visit of our CEO Larry Lazin to the inaugural Zappos Insights boot camp several years ago. He brought back the knowledge he had gained and shared it with his team here at Global Lighting; we worked hard to internalize the concepts and to make them our very own (which is the whole point!) by codifying our deep-seated principles. We realized early that this a living document—it should be revisited and examined regularly in order to remain relevant and reflect the people it represented. Our retail and e-commerce manager, Denise Bovell (known affectionately as Dee), stepped forward and volunteered to be the gatekeeper for this important task. She’ll be in charge of shepherding this ongoing process; as a continuation of this upward spiral, she is making the journey to Zappos headquarters in Las Vegas herself this week, to report on the successes we have already seen and to bring back further inspiration!
Every once in a while we learn of other companies taking their core values seriously. We’ll add them to the list here when we find them, the first of which is Benjamin West.