Amanda Lannert

CEO, Jellyvision

Amanda Lannert is CEO of Jellyvision, a software company whose signature product ALEX helps employees navigate the often complex benefits landscape.

Under Amanda’s leadership, Jellyvision has become one of Chicago’s fastest growing tech companies (and destination workplaces), managing to annually add almost 100 to its headcount all while remaining cash flow positive. Jellyvision has been recognized as the Best Software Company and Best Culture by the Moxies, a top 10 best place to work in Chicago by The Chicago Tribune and the #1 place for millennials to work in Chicago according to Crain’s.

Amanda shares 5 lessons she’s learned leading Jellyvision:

1. Hire DNA over experience. Cover letters over resumes. You care about what a person can do for you more than you care about what they have done.

2. Lack of cultural fit is deadlier than lack of talent. An individual who brings the culture down will turn A players into B players, which is a lot worse than simply having a B player.

3. Lead by example. What you do is more important than what you say. This is true no matter the size of your organization. Never forget it.

4. Trusting relationships. Don’t wait for employees to earn their trust from you. Be generous with your trust and employees will reciprocate in kind.

5. Make time for fun. Encourage people to let their hair down now and then. Even the most successful businesses experience rough patches and growing pains—people are more likely to stay through the hard times when they’re looking forward to more of the good.

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