Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire
By Ben Jordan & Carl Smith
About this podcast
Friendly Fire is a weekly show where Carl Smith and Ben Jordan discuss the trials and tribulations of being business partners who have joined forces to rebuild an established web shop. The focus is on the emotional nature of two well-intentioned, strong-willed people trying not to take things personally, with a dash of businessy things.
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Latest episodes
Sept. 24, 2015
Ben steps in to help turn a tricky situation into a road trip for the ages. Meanwhile, Carl tries to decode secret messages about a missing seaplane.
July 31, 2015
After a rough day, Ben and Carl talk about how to manage work commitments when home life gets messy. Understanding the impact of an owner’s mood on the team, the conversation turns to minimizing disruption when shit happens.
July 10, 2015
While things continue to improve at nGen, Ben and Carl discuss the one glaring issue the company is facing, mixed expectations. It’s time to talk about what is expected from nGen as a team and as individuals.
June 22, 2015
Carl shares with Ben his insights after asking the nGen team how things are going. Overall the nGeneers are optimistic but it’s time to focus on better communication and collaboration. Talk of core values is in the air!
June 5, 2015
After a rough week, Ben and Carl dive into what it takes to have real conversations. It’s not enough to be present and listen, you have to understand the baggage the other person may be bringing with them. Then can you cut through the self defense screens and move forward together.
May 29, 2015
After recording Episode 6, Carl and Ben left the recorder running, In this bonus episode they cover topics like distributed teams, Owner Camp Chicago, personal quirks, character flaws and trust issues. In other news, Ben and Carl dub themselves the Un-Wonder Twins!
May 22, 2015
Carl and Ben take a break from Owner Camp in Chicago to talk about the transformation of nGen over the last 90 days. Things are getting better but it hasn't been easy.
May 14, 2015
While Carl is on the road, Ben sends a quick Slack message about available office space in Dallas. Having recently agreed to close the Jacksonville office, Carl is concerned Ben wants to move the company.
May 1, 2015
Carl gets Ben up to speed on a meeting with nGen's lawyer. After realizing they're close to an agreement, they get real about what matters to them in a partnership, a company and life.
April 17, 2015
In Episode Three, Ben and Carl come back to the table to continue discussions about The Agreement. Sharing for the first time what needs to be included for them to continue moving forward.