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.