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Steven Carse

Steven Carse
In true founder fashion Steven has never walked into KoP without a new idea and a pat on the back for the crew. His mind never stops moving, producing on average 100 ideas per week, and though most of them are beyond our possibilities, the 1% that make the cut are true gold. Steven loves his community, his KoP family, and he truly couldn’t envision a different life. Steven Carse is one-of-a-kind; he has a really big heart and his employees are proud to have an owner who cares about their well-being as much as he does.
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Grow Before you start saying No ... why doing things that don't make complete sense makes total sense

Posted by Steven Carse on Mar 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When we started King of Pops, we were up for anything.

If someone asked us to show up somewhere, or take a meeting or sell at a store we did it. I believe it is a big reason we were successful. We did all kinds of things that were never in our plans.

  • Cater pops at a burning-man-themed Bat Mitzfah ✅
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Tags: featured, Biz That Matters

One week into implementing Open Book Management - my head hurts & I'm as excited as ever

Posted by Steven Carse on Mar 16, 2019 8:46:43 AM

Seven years ago I read Jack Stack's The Great Game of Business. (I loved it, and it inspired me to want to build a different type of business)

Six months ago I went with our company's leadership team to ZingTrain's Open Book Management Seminar. (I loved it, and it made me want to press a button and have what has taken Zingerman's a decade to build)

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The key to Employee Appreciation = Actual Appreciation ... then take them on a cruise.

Posted by Steven Carse on Feb 28, 2019 3:38:12 PM

I'm not a cruise fan.

In my experience ... The food is mediocre. Entertainment isn't memorable. And their sustainability efforts are disappointing. (admittedly I have only been on base-level cruises)

Nevertheless, every year our company heads south to board a ship headed to somewhere tropical. I've joked recently that once you join King of Pops full-time you'll spend more than 1% of your time on a cruise.

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Tags: Insider, culture, featured, Lead Your Company

The Opposite of Undercover Boss: How leading from the front is a part of King of Pops culture.

Posted by Steven Carse on Feb 4, 2019 10:35:53 PM

I spent last night at the Super Bowl.

I'm not a fan of the Rams or Patriots ...

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Tags: featured, Biz That Matters, Core Values, Get Sweaty

Small Giants or Just Small? How considering less allowed us to do more (A Zingerman's Shoutout)

Posted by Steven Carse on Dec 22, 2018 7:00:00 AM

By 2014 our herd of King of Pops carts had turned into a successful small company.

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Tags: culture, featured, Biz That Matters, Lead Your Company

When the next best thing IS ACTUALLY the best thing (a lesson from Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and ... King of Pops)

Posted by Steven Carse on Dec 3, 2018 5:16:51 PM

In 2009 (with $7,000 in the bank), for obvious reasons, I decided I wanted to start a popsicle company.

I spent the winter months with my brother and friends sampling product to figure out what people liked. We made lists and lists of potential company names, eventually landing on King of Pops, and gleefully started to develop a brand look and feel.

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