It started as whispers in our company. The more I heard the phrase, the more it frustrated me: low-level tasks.

First I heard it in the manuscript department. Then in finance. Then in every other corner of the company. I finally had enough when I heard it from one of our co-founders.

He asked me why I was doing a low-level task like cleaning out our storage closet. “You know we hire people who aren’t on a CEO’s salary to take care of that low-level stuff, right?”

“It needs to be done,” I said from my spot on the floor. “The rest of the Tribe is busy driving results. If this is what they need from me to support them, I’ll do it.”