In our July issue we published the first feature in a projected series called The Way I Work. It featured Bruce Moeller, the CEO of DriveCam, who told of a life so dedicated to his company that he explicitly and unapologetically puts his family second. That inspired a number of letters, some praising Moeller for his candor, others wondering why Inc. would give him any attention at all. This month, Kim Kleeman of ShakespeareSquared (like DriveCam an Inc. 500 company) talks about the way she works: how she makes decisions, where she finds counsel and inspiration, and why she emphatically puts family first. I hope you like The Way I Work. To succeed, these stories demand first that the subjects be honest with themselves. I'm grateful to our first two subjects for setting the bar high.
This makes me reflect on the way I work, or actually the way I'm not working. Though this editor's letter will be published in the October issue, in real time it's August, and I'm in farm country, looking out at soft green hills and gangs of turkeys (polygamists--who knew?) eating their way across my field of vision. It couldn't be more peaceful. Back at 7 World Trade Center, the October issue is being edited under the guidance of Dan Ferrara, Inc.'s deputy editor. Dan is the editor behind so many of Inc.'s best projects, and I'm grateful that he chooses to lend his many talents to Inc.
Finally, I'd like to draw your attention to our new columnist, Joel Spolsky, CEO of Fog Creek Software in New York City. Some of you might be among the 900,000 people who follow Joel's blog, Joel on Software. The rest of you will enjoy getting to know a man who asked that we christen his column How Hard Could It Be? Joel joins our lineup of columnists as David Freedman concludes the three-year run of his What's Next column, which you'll find archived at Inc.com. We're happy that David will continue to write feature stories for Inc. In fact, he's working on a couple right now.