Jameson Publishing CEO Jim Roddy: On the Recession, the Value of Beer and the Power of Print
What also helped was periodically giving our operations manager a couple hundred bucks to go buy beer for the staff. We'd shut down the office for part of the afternoon, drink a little, and then come back the next morning and work our tails off.
Skodzinski: What are you most excited about this year?
Roddy: Seeing the efforts of our team come to fruition to an even greater degree. We said to each other during the Great Recession that we knew we were going to work harder than we ever had before for basically no reward. You were just fighting to keep what you had. We also said that we knew our efforts would pay off down the road with sharper skills and growth. We're hoping 2011 is our best year ever. Our team certainly deserves it.
Skodzinski: What is the best business decision you have made during the past year or two?
Roddy: First, buying beer for our team, and second, asking them as often as possible, "How I can help you?" Everyone on our team is professional, talented and hard working, so serving them is the smartest thing I can do.