After an 18 year career, I'm embarking on a lifelong goal: starting a business.
I am blessed to have given so many nuggets of wisdom from the people I've worked with. They represent great companies like IBM, Allstate and PointSource/Globant. I must seize a rare opportunity and reflect. I thought I'd sift through those important nuggets I've picked up from mentors, colleagues and clients. As such, I have found it important to define the cultural values and environment we're looking to build. I believe this transcends the "cool" projects, financial benefits or accolades along the way.
Here they are:
- Unrelenting commitment to the client success
- Do right by the client and the rest will work out. You'll have a more fulfilling experience.
- This often makes ethical decisions easier to evaluate
- Make mistakes, then learn from them
- We'll learn from them and people will get the support they need to recover from them
- Continuously learn and explore to stay relevant
- Not every trend works out so time may be wasted. However the inquisitive mind achieves more overall
- Be a good teammate
- Treat others as you would like to be treated
- Get to know each other, there is only one boat and we're all in it together
- There will be disagreements and descent but being able to recover, with short term memory, is a defining attribute
- Act ethically in all situations
- Easy to say but harder when there are "close-calls" and competing interests.
- I see too many lies and misleading remarks to prospects, clients and colleagues
- If it's not true, it's no basis to establish a meaningful and lasting partnership
Don't get me wrong, technology is what makes me excited to begin each day. Before I get into all of that, the foundational principals are truly the first step. Once established, we can take on challenges one byte at a time.