Notes to self

Not gold alone brought us hither

Jun 15, 2011

Industry awards

Businesses covet industry awards for multiple reasons. These help boost visibility of the company or the award winning product to different audiences, for instance:

  • Existing and potential customers; and
  • Potential employees

Upon receiving an award, it is perfectly normal and even desirable to turn to any of the above and make sure they are aware of this award. It is a moment of pride, and should be relished as such. It should also be advertised as such.

But if you want an award that you can bring to your existing employees to make them proud and happy, then stop. That industry award will not cut it. [I am assuming you have all the other variables under control: salary, work/life balance, good work environment etc.] Your existing employees want just one award: being proud of what they produce. Unless that experience trumps all their other experiences at work, they will never quite feel as rewarded as you want them to do.

Jun 14, 2011

Mission statement

We don’t have investors to impress, so we don’t need a “mission statement.” We enjoy writing and shipping great products that address the needs of ourselves and our customers.

Jun 4, 2011

7 rules for making more happiness

  • Thinking about ideas and content freely - with the deadline far away
    • Traveling to new places
    • Using a wide variety of tools and techniques
    • Working on projects that matter to me
    • Having things come back from the printer done well
    • Getting feedback from people who see our work
    • Designing a project that feels partly brand new and partly familiar

Jun 3, 2011

Great company

Everybody wants to work for a great company. Few want to make a company great.

Jun 3, 2011

Who do you work for?

Who do you work for? The company that employs you, or the business within the company that you are part of, or the team that you belong to, or the technology that you work on, or any of the people in the management chain all the way up to CEO of your company? The answer to this question is never straightforward and changes from time to time, and from situation to situation. The simple answer is: it depends.

My view is that all of the above matter. Not necessarily to the same degree but they all matter nonetheless. You are lucky if what matters most to you results in the best outcome for you — both in terms of compensation and job satisfaction.

However, you need to pick one out of the above so you can check from time to time if its still worth continuing in your current job. I think, happiest are those who focus in their job on creating a great product or technology.