*This post is part of Chairman and Co-Founder Kip Tindell’s Thoughts on Thriving Blog Series. Read other posts in the series here.
Hello! You may have heard that earlier this month, we announced The Container Store’s organized succession plan and as part of that I stepped down as CEO of The Container Store to focus more on my role as Chairman. Succession planning has always been a huge priority and something that my mentors encouraged me to have a tremendous focus on – especially for such a culture-rich company like The Container Store. Thus, over the years, we’ve placed a great deal of energy on ensuring that the culture of our special company is protected and supported by a leadership team that will continue to operate the business through the lens of our Foundation Principles – our strategic business philosophies – and, with a focus on maintaining our employee-first culture. I’m confident that our incredible new CEO, Melissa Reiff, who has been with our company for 20 years, along with our leadership team, will provide continuity coupled with renewed vigor and vision for innovation and excellence in bringing The Container Store to its full and amazing potential within this ever-changing world of retail, all while nurturing and developing a business where everyone associated with it can thrive.
So, as I look to the next phase of my career, I’m thrilled at the prospect of having more time to focus on keeping our employee-first culture front and center, further strengthening important vendor relationships and elevating The Container Store and its unique business philosophies as a beacon for good business practices through Conscious Capitalism.
To that end, I’m kicking off a blog series here on What We Stand For called Thoughts on Thriving, where I’ll share my inner-most thoughts on topics like leadership, customer service, hiring, and what I think is really important in building a business.
As I embark on this new stage in my life I’m eager to share what I’ve learned from my nearly four decades at the helm of one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For, and to help others along in their own personal and professional journeys.
Be on the lookout for Thoughts on Thriving posts from me…and if there is a particular topic you’d like me to address, I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.