No A-holes policy, and radical transparency with employees: Conversations with Sisters

Today Dana and Courtney unpack last week’s episode (Apple Podcasts | Spotify) with 2021 CEO of the Year by Triangle Business Journal Anna Lynch, founder of Lynch Mykins. Among other topics, the sisters talk about a “No A-Holes” Policy, if leaders and employees can truly handle radical transparency, and how to build a human-first culture.


Dana Kadwell: But company culture always makes sense financially. That’s a big misnomer. If you’d be like, well, I can’t afford, I can’t afford, I can’t. I’d say like no, you can because the more money you put into your employees, more productive they’re going to be the more output they’re going to have. And you’re going to get that back plus some, right? Like your profit margins are going to be better every single time.

Courtney Hopper: Welcome to Hustle and Gather, a podcast about inspiring the everyday entrepreneur to take the leap. I’m Courtney, 

Dana: and I’m Dana,

Courtney: and we’re two sisters who love business. On this show, we talk about the ups and downs with the hustle and the reward at the end of the journey 

Dana: And we know all the challenges that come with starting a business. Between operating our wedding venue, doing speaking and consulting, and starting our luxury wedding planning company, we wake up and hustle every day.

Courtney: And today we’re talking just the two of us about last week’s episode with Anna Lynch, CEO of Lynch Mykins, a full-service structural engineering firm. Anna leads with a clear mission, commitment to hard work, and strong dedication to client service excellence. Since 2004, she has served as a successful project manager and engineer in practically all public and private market sectors. If you haven’t heard last week’s episode, go give it a listen and come back to hear our thoughts.

Dana: All right. Court let’s get started. 

Courtney: All right. That was a good episode that I really did not know what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised. Anna’s pretty amazing. 

Dana: Yeah. She’s like so intense. 

Courtney: She is very intense, but in a good way. She had like a leather jacket. She had like leather boots on. She was so amazing. So I loved the direction that, that took. The company culture and like how to be an amazing boss and CEO and that kind of her human first approach to everything. 

Dana: Well, I think what what’s so different about her is that she’s the CEO of a very large company, and all you ever hear is how greedy CEOs are.

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Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence.  Courtney and Dana’s hustles include C&D Events, Hustle and Gather, and The Bradford Wedding Venue.

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