Appreciate Those Around You

This week we had a few goofs at the old AVNation headquarters. We were attempting to move our website over to a more dynamic server. The hits and traffic uptick over the last few months have caused some performance issues and we thought it was a good idea to move it now before things got worse.

By the way, when I say “we” were attempting to move our website, I should have said I. Me. Mr. I-don’t-know-about-website-stuff tried to move a website. In the middle of the night. Let’s just say I broke it. I mean really broke it. So much so that our web team is still attempting to retrieve lost emails.

In the aftermath of this short sighted move on my part it became very apparent that I am surrounded by some really great, smart people. Bradford Benn is the main architect of our website back end. As such, he was the one who fixed nearly everything I broke while sitting in an airport lobby. No small feat. Between him, Matt Scott, and Josh Srago, most everything should be up and running now. It was also a reminder that there are certain things I can do well. Messing around with SQL servers is not one of them. That’s what the team at AVNation is supposed to do.

When AVNation began my temperament was not to ask anyone to do anything. Call it a mix of not wanting to bother anyone and feeling if I could figure it out myself, all the better. The last five years has taught me that anything built of a significant size is not constructed by one person. This is true of our podcasting company or a multi-national media conglomerate like Disney. Both take several different types of people doing what they do best.

Your company is the same. The accountant that is a rock star should probably not be working on your website, or soldering connectors. That salesperson who exceeds all others? Don’t ask them to pick up programming. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Focus on what you do well and let those that do other things well do them.

Thank you to the team at AVNation. Not just the web masters, but the marketing, editorial, producers, hosts, audience, and all. Without you, there is no AVNation.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

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