The 100 best people to work with

16Mar09

Most of us don’t work at one of the 100 best companies to work for.  Netapp, this year’s #1, is in a place called Sunnyvale.  Really, isn’t this too good to be true? 

People often wonder why their companies don’t get it.  I mean, articles have been written, documentaries have been shot, legions of consultants have been trained, all to share the secrets of how to be a top 100 workplace.  There are valid reasons and not so valid reasons why companies cannot simply copy the formula.  Too many to list here.

Organizations are made up of people.  And like people, they are all over the place when it comes to how they choose to perform in the workplace.  They might be great at some things, not so good at others.  They might lose focus.  They might just be an ok place to work, not a great place. 

You may not be able to control your company’s performance but you can control where you work and how you perform.   If your company is a consistently terrible place to work, leave.  Too many people tell me that leaving is not an option.  OK, maybe there are temporary reasons for this but there are no long term reasons for staying in a terrible place.  None. 

If your company is a good company, then set about to be one of the best people in the company to work with.  An average place to work can be a great place to work when you are one of the best people to work with.  The fastest horse in a slower race still takes home the the biggest prize.

What does it take to be one of the best people to work with?  Thoughts?

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