Amazing Business Product

I had the pleasure of visiting a pretty amazing company.

For some reason I have it pictured in my head that all really successful publicly traded companies  are going to have a bunch of crazy people running all around in a bustling office place.  But obviously that is not always the case.  I probably have that image in my head because I probably saw it in a few movies and now my view is all tainted from the movies.  But I walked up to the office and I had to walk in and see the secretary obviously and then I had to sign in and wait.

It was dead quiet and not much going on at all.  I could not believe how quiet it was.  So quiet that I wondered if anyone was actually working.  But it obviously was the waiting area so it probably was quiet for a reason because none of the real action happens their.

So finally I went inside and it was still quiet.  People were just working away and they all looked happy.  It was amazing that everyone was really happy.  Not stressed but they were working hard but joyfully.  It think they were all that way because they were happy to be working on awesome products for an awesome company.

And come to find out the company is doing really well.  That really shows me that not every office has to have basketball courts, video games console and free food buffets to be attractive and successful.  They just really have to have a great core value and continually grow and make new awesome produces.  The company I was at was Flir.  They make thermal imaging devices and many, many, many other stuff but that was basically what they made.

Again the core values and having people take pride in their work does wonders for any business.  It;s mamboing how many people do not ever see that.

Granted a business does have to make money in order to survive.  No question about that but to have management to believe and see more than that is really powerful.  That is a mentality and belief that employees will follow to the ends of the earth.  People really need and want to be motivated.

It’s really amazing how one bad manager can really hurt a company.  It’s also really amazing how one really good manager can make a company soar with the eagles.

I really think the company I was at was soaring with the eagles.  They have a really good thing going.  It also really helps that they have amazing products with amazing unique technology attached with it.


Let’s Drink Champagne

I am always up for some great champagne.

But what I really love to do is the tango.  I learned my real love and passion for the tango while I was in Perth Australia on vacation.  Actually I was on a sabbatical and living it up in the land down under.

If you want to learn more about this blog then please check out the about page I wrote.

But I guess I will write a little about it here just so you don’t have to go back and check it out.

I was in Perth Australia drunk on champagne doing the tango.  I was having a blast.  I was actually having the time of my life.  While I was doing the tango I came up with a revelation that I needed to find out why some businesses were really successful and why other were not successful at all.

So I went on a little walk about as they say in Australia and found out the main reasons why some business are successful.

Granted every business is different and every business has a different story.  And I am going to tell you all of the different stories I found.  I guess this is going to be a business success blog.

But the one thing that I found that was common with almost all of the successful businesses was the culture.  All of the successful businesses had a culture that was fun.  They were places that people wanted to go and work at.  Some of the business were the most mundane ordinary businesses.

When one thinks of a fun place to work at they think of some tech place in Silicone Valley where they ride around on scooters and have basketball hoops in the office.

I found that it is not the case.  Some of these successful business were just your common ma and pa stores.  What it came down to was that people wanted to be treated with respect.  Most people actually really want to work hard.  It they get treated with respect and their bosses acknowledge their hard then people will work their butts off.

Some of the easy perks that people just loved was leaving early on Friday when nothing was happening and traffic was starting to get heavy.  Or working on a skeleton crew during the holiday when no one was focused and no business was being done.  Of course this all depended on the type of business.  I guess people just wanted to be trusted and treated with respect.  Of course you always get your bad apples that take advantage of it all but they are always real easy to pick out and take care of.

It’s real amazing that the companies that were not doing really well gave their employees none of these perks.  I asked them why they didn’t ad their reason was that they tried it and one person took advantage of it.  It’s amazing that they had one person that took advantage of it and they then decided that all employees would be the same way so everyone had to be punished.  What was even more amazing was that the people that did take advantage of always eventually got fired anyways and they owners of the companies were always still convinced that all employees would take advantage of it and then everyone had a bad attitude at the place.

It was really amazing to see so many common threads in all of these successful and non successful businesses.  I was actually floored.  I was so amazed that I just had to write about them and some of these amazing and crazy businesses.

So just stay with me here as I write about these amazing places and some of them are amazing products.