At Axon we believe that why we do something is just as important as how we do it. We share our principles so that everyone we collaborate with knows why we make the decision we do. We expect others to hold us to these principles as much as we hope others will follow their own principles. At the core of all of these principles is one singular principle from which all the rest are derived. It is the why for how we do principles.
0. Every person has value, capability, & dignity
No matter status, experience, demographic, role, or beliefs, every person is made from the same stuff. Each individual has something of worth to bring to the table in some area. At the same moment we recognize that some are gifted & trained more in one area than other individuals, we also recognize that everyone else has balancing value in other places. Because of this, each person deserves to be valued to the appropriate degree in an individual area but treated equally as a whole on the merits of being human. We should thus value our fellow person as much as we should value ourselves.
Because we believe this, we charge ourselves and others to act accordingly with their fellow human beings. If you do not agree with our principles, that is your prerogative. However, we kindly ask everyone who works with us to respect this very basic principle.
A similar core principle stands juxtapose in balance. We believe that without the following understanding we will not be able to reach our fullest potential nor assist others to reach theirs.
0.2. Every person has flaws, weaknesses & blind spots
Despite age, education, intellect and credentials, every person is inherently imperfect. We all have infinite space for growth and endless opportunities for failure. At the same moment an individual drops the ball they can also gain clarity on ways to learn and improve. In the same way, our blind spots and imperfect understanding of the world around us can lead to unintended harm. Because of our first principle, we should thus continue to seek improvement and enlightenment so as to better interact with the world around us, treating all with dignity.
This principle, though hard to swallow, is at the core of why collaboration is so important. By accepting this principle we are admitting the need of others around us to balance us out and point us in continually better directions.
Our third foundational principle not only guides the paths we take, but also directs how we make those paths and what we build when we reach the end of them. Without this principle humans can be terrifically destructive.
0.4. The world we live in is a treasure to be nurtured
No matter your worldview, we can all agree that the Earth we tread on is one of a kind. Nothing currently comes close to the tangible resource that we are blessed to have under our feet and within our reach. And it is a world with a fine balance and a lot of moving pieces. As intelligent beings, it is our job to nurture and care for the world in a way which it can be passed on to future generations. Those generations are no less valuable than us and thus deserve as much as we can pass on to them undamaged by our flaws, weaknesses & blind spots. Because we are imperfect we must be cognizant of this principle lest we, in our shortsightedness, destroy the very world which gave us life.
By accepting the responsibility we have to future generations and to the natural world around us, we recognize that certain practices may interfere with this principle. We will do what is within our ability, and within reason, to interact with the world in a nurturing way, but we also recognize that human knowledge (especially in this realm) is imperfect and will lead to failure. This is ok, so long as it is not willful and we learn from those failures.
Our next core principle is a sibling to the last. All things we are given, tangible or intangible should be valued and nurtured, especially our most valuable resource.
0.6 A person's time is their most important resource
A human's life-time is finite and all things that we posses are derived from time, either our time or another's. As time is the ultimate currency and our most scare asset, it is also the most important. Treat it as such. As no person is more valuable than another, no person's time is more valuable than another's. However, what that time is spent on may be, which is what should ultimately be weighed.
Though a person's time may not trade for much currency, that time will never return to them. Furthermore each moment we spend can have compounding effects if invested wisely. Don't be flippant with people's time.
This leads us to our last core principle. It is the mindset which informs learning and decision making.
0.8 The path to the future is only through the present, directed by the past
The past is important insomuch as it informs our present. If we spend the present on things of the past that do not guide us to the future, we are wasting our most important asset. If the future consumes our present so much that we can not build it, we have gained nothing. Thus we first must consider the present before we consider the future. And the most sure way to the future is leveraging what we have learned from the past.
With these core principles which define our view of the world, we now have a framework for understanding the choices we make and the actions we take. This framework is what guides all our other principles.
Our Other Principles
Take a look at our other principles that define the different facets of how we do business.