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CEO of the Standing Desk: How a Dallas Entrepreneur Created a Workplace Phenomenon with Jason McCann
Episode 11714th September 2022 • The Capital Club • Brian Adams
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Jason McCann is the CEO of Vari. It is his mission to help companies create environments that elevate people. He co-founded VariDesk in 2013, and the brand quickly became synonymous with sit-stand desks. Under his leadership, the company grew at an incredible pace and expanded its product and service offerings significantly, calling for its new, more inclusive name – Vari. 

 

Today, the company has grown into a workspace innovation company that provides everything high-growth businesses need to unlock the potential of their workforce – from a full suite of office furniture to the workspaces themselves, offering space-as-a-service with VariSpace. A multi-tenant campus ideation lab designed to elevate the way businesses approach the office, VariSpace offers first-class amenities, fully furnished offices, and flexible lease terms to enterprise-level clients.

 

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Key Highlights:

 

[00:01 - 13:19]  Returning to the Office

 

  • Turning a need into an opportunity: How Varidesk started
  • Creating a healthy space promoting collaboration and communication for returning employees
  • Designing furniture that addresses ergonomics and office organization
  • The advantages of an open-plan office layout - the present and future in mind

 

[13:20 - 38:37] Resiliency Amidst Crisis

 

  • The lessons Jason learned during Covid as an entrepreneur
  • How constant communication helps improve team morale
  • Advice to business owners on how to create, maintain and scale a business culture
  • Being grateful and present every day is the best way to prepare for the battlefield

 

[38:38 - 40:24] Leaders Are Glue That Holds The Team Together

 

  • How Jason manages his team amidst “The Great Resignation”
  • Leaders need to find a way to balance their team members’ need
  • Jason’s take on work-life balance - the need to make an impact and add value

 

[40:25 - 40:13] Closing Segment

 

Visit www.vari.com for more insights!

 

Key Quotes:

 

“ I realized at that moment that as leaders, you have power through those painful moments.” - Jason McCann

 

“Because I always put myself in the shoes of no matter how bad it is, how tough it is, for me, I guarantee you, there's another CEO or somebody out there that would trade places with me in a heartbeat for my problems that I bank.” - Jason McCann

 

“Long term wins the battle.”- Jason McCann

“Showing humility and grace allow us all to learn.” - Jason McCann

 

Resources Mentioned

Ryan Holiday

Simon Sinek

Tony Hsieh

Jim Sinegal

John C. Bogle

Sam Walton

Steve Jobs

 

Books

Good to Great

The Infinite Game

 

 

Connect with Jason McCann

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-mccann-vari

Twitter: @workwithvari www.twitter.com/workwithvari

Facebook: @workwithvari www.facebook.com/workwithvari

Instagram: @workwithvari www.instagram.com/workwithvari

 

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