A More Perfect Union

The U.S. Constitution begins with the phrase, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…”

That’s the same reason Lessonly holds our twice-yearly State of the Union. This all-company off-site ensures that every employee understands the collective direction we are heading, why we chose that route, and what it will take to get there. We want to get better, individually and as a business. In short, we want a more perfect Lessonly.

It’s a day full of speakers, inspiration, panels, food, drinks, laughter, and fun. Without fail, it leaves us more proud to be a Lessonly llama and more passionate about helping millions of learners do better work.
Here’s a quick glimpse into yesterday’s State of the Union:

On building a great business

“I want Lessonly to be a place where people want so badly to achieve because of how well they are treated and respected.”
Max Yoder, CEO and Co-founder
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“One of the biggest changes this year is that we’ve started with the problem and not the solution. We look at what really needs to be solved, and make sure we hit that.”Adam Gardner, Product Manager
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“We have built this entire business on being practical. People have scoffed over simplicity. But, then people get it. When we keep it simple, it works.”
Max Yoder, CEO and Co-founder
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On the year ahead

“As a company and as an executive team, we are committed to your growth as the business grows. It’s important to start from the same place, with the same definition of development. If we don’t, we won’t win. And I want us to win.”Megan Jarvis, Director of Talent
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P.S. Want to know our definition of development? “Lessonly employees expanding their knowledge, learning new skills, and honing innate abilities in the pursuit of personal and professional growth.”


“This year is about taking our mission of Doing Better Work and elevating it to a movement.”
Max Yoder, CEO and Co-founder
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P.P.S. More about that movement—coming soon!

On getting better

“Part of the reason I love working at Lessonly is that we exude continuous rapid improvement.”Kyle Lacy, VP of Marketing
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“We didn’t change just to change. It was strategic to help us grow and maximize the potential of our business.”Conner Burt, COO
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“The biggest change in the last six months is that we’re working in a much more Agile fashion. We optimize for really small and quick feedback loops. We’ve gotten better at shipping things to customers, iterating, and getting better over time.”
Steve Grossi, Senior Engineer
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On teamwork

“The biggest risk and the biggest opportunity for our business is the difference between we and me…that will determine whether we will succeed or not.”Mitch Causey, Director of Demand Generation
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“People care deeply about leadership—not the command and control of the old world, but the appreciation and vulnerability of the new world.”Max Yoder, CEO and Co-founder
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“For new llamas—appreciate each other and that we all think differently. Be patient with those differences. Embrace the purity of the love at Lessonly. We really do want to help you, grow as a team, and get better together. Feel free to share before your ready. Trust each other, be kind, and want the best for the people around you so we keep this place as special as it is.”Zoe Meinecke, Director of Services
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There’s no such thing a perfect company

We all know that no company is flawless. But here at Lessonly, we believe wholeheartedly in constant improvement. It’s worth our time, money, and effort to hold the State of the Union twice a year and refocus on what really matters. Our hope is that after a few hours off-site—and every day at the office—we leave Lessonly just a little more perfect.

By doing that, we help our customers Do Better Work and live better lives. And that’s a mission worth fighting for.

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