At Reserve, we are building our project's culture as intentionally as we build our app and protocol, because we think our culture is an essential tool we can leverage in pursuit of our mission to make stable currency accessible to everyone. This leads us to heavily value certain things, as individuals and as a project. We realize that nobody embodies 100% of these values, and we also know that these values don't cover everything we care about as individuals and as a team. But we do think these six key values are a good summary of what we're aiming for. If they resonate with you, you might be a good fit for our team.
Six Key Values Guide Our Work¶
For each value we present key statements, to give an idea for what the value looks like, in practice. We then discuss three subvalues, to give a clearer idea of what the main value represents. We also give example behaviors meant to illustrate how these values might be put into action.
Support yourself systematically/Don’t give up on improving human life
- Health & Wellbeing
- Actively seeking diverse perspectives.
- Speaking and acting respectfully towards others and their ideas.
- Caring for your health and the health of others (mental and physical).
- Spending time, effort, or money on improving the world.
Deeply understand your area / Take responsibility
- Accepting accountability for an initiative, project, or goal and seeing it through to completion (or learning from its failure and trying again).
- Taking responsibility for the consequences of your decisions.
- Ending meetings with clear definitions of ownership.
Do the actual thing / Make objectively good decisions
- Fact-based decision-making
- Self awareness
- Getting straight to the point.
- Reducing complexity where possible.
- Speaking out or raising concerns when you think something won’t work (and offering good reasons for why).
- Letting the facts speak for themselves.
- Knowing where your domain ends, and when you need to rely on others.
- Not just “going through the motions” or “looking busy”.
- Knowing what you know and what you don’t know, and being able to combine them into a plan for action and impact.
Get ready for ambiguity and confusion.
- Embracing ambiguity
- Delivering results despite constraints
- Speaking up when you are confused, and asking good questions to reduce that confusion.
- Prioritizing action and progress and producing quality results quickly.
- Learning from failures.
- Shifting plans without losing sight of the overall goal.
- Taking step 1 before knowing step 10 - but also, accurately identifying the situations when it’s okay not to know step 10 at the start.
Get along with others / Don’t let yourself discriminate / Don’t get ahead of yourself
- Actively resolving disagreements (or working towards doing so).
- Shouldering unpleasant work.
- Giving others and their ideas the benefit of the doubt (unless they have clearly shown they don’t deserve it) in order to be open to ideas from unexpected sources.
- Never gloating about victories, always owning mistakes.
- Being open to uncomfortable ideas and conversations.
- Taking ego out of the way when the team needs you to change something about what you’re doing.
Try things, learn things / Make it happen for real
- Staying actively curious about the part of the world your plans depend on.
- Asking questions until you are confident you understand, and modifying your plans based on that understanding.
- Being comfortable with productive failure when figuring things out by trying.