Do The Right Thing
Be Perfect is asking too much; Don’t Be Evil isn’t enough. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but what it is you should be doing is usually pretty obvious if you’re being honest with yourself. If you’re not sure, consult with someone you trust (and be honest with them) and consider the following in no particular order:
- Work towards solving real problems and adding real value: We are most fulfilled when we know we’re working to solve real meaningful problems. Have fun solving real problems, and the dollars will take care of themselves.
- Get stuff done: There’s a place for meetings, planning, documenting, and the like, but it’s amazing what hard work and a little bit of smarts (and self-made luck) can accomplish.
- Prioritize customers: Make customer commitments with extreme care and live up to them. Treat customer needs with a sense of urgency. Own problems and always be responsive.
- Be nice and respect the individual and the team: Being nice doesn’t cost anything; if you’re not willing to pay that price then you don’t belong. No sociopaths or psychopaths allowed.
- Don’t waste money: Guard and conserve the company’s resources with at least the same vigilance that you would use to guard and conserve our own personal resources.
At Spectralog we encourage our employees to seek out and live a life of meaning. We foster a healthy balance between work and the many other important things that bring meaning to our lives. We support each other in finding meaning and living meaningfully and doing the right thing in all aspect of our lives.
A blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. [Chaim Potok, The Chosen]