CEOs Diary | Chapter 6: Our core values
What are French Wink core values?
We needed expertises that we're missing and are complementary in order to move forward and step up the business. But simultaneously we needed people who understand our work routine, values and rhythm. We are glad to have found them!
Saying " I don't know" or " I don't understand"
We had some bad experiences with interns preferring to say yes rather than admitting that they did not understand or did not know what we were asking. This involved a waste of time for everybody . We think that the strength to say I don't know/understand is actually a proof of self-awareness and willing to learn. And the best of it is that once you learned, you can teach.
French have another great expression for that « l’élève dépasse le maître » (the student has surpassed is mentor). You can even master this new knowledge and improve it with practice and find better ways to do it that will help everyone.
By following this rule ourselves and sharing it with our team and partners, we learned so much the past 5 years: app, tools, softwares and many more.
"Un esprit sain dans un corps sain" (a healthy mind in a healthy body)
Everyone knows how much we enjoy good food, wine and partying. But we also love to feel good in our body and mind. Despite a busy daily schedule we always find a couple minutes to workout and to free our mind. Myline is more a morning fighter ;) Claire is more an evening one! So that's perfect. Again perfect combination.
We thank Chloe Ting and Bailey Brown (check them out on Youtube, they offer great free quick workouts;)) who helped us get through the lockdown despite our French gourmet diet ;)
We also both believe in natural medicine as the best prevention. Spirulina, super food and homepathy are part of our lives.
Honestly all these small tips were life-saving to keep our mind focus despite the pressure of risking everything to save our business while homeschooling our 3 kids each, homebaking and all the quarantine side-effects;)
Optimism as keeping and sharing a positive attitude is a must. We want to promote and share the French "joie de vivre" so we have to provide and feel it in every part of our business. This is shared through our communications and social media feeds but also within our ecosystem (sellers, partners, contractors, customers). Nothing exists than a smile cannot indulge or soften.
We work with kindness and respect. We invented French Wink to allow French brands in the US to support each other, to merge networks, to grow as one big brand called 'French savoir-faire'.
We work as we live. We have high expectations while keeping the candor of living 100% each moment of our days. We cherish the time to appreciate a meal, a walk, a book, a fabric or a simple moment.
All of this make French Wink's core values.
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