I am slowly reading The New Small by Phil Simon. The reason it is slow going is that every page has something that stops me in my tracks and inspires me to scribble down notes. If nothing else, I am so very grateful to Phil for inspiring my writing.
His introduction addresses the question How and Where Can We Find Meaningful Work? He states that The New Small understand that work can be fulfilling and should involve the following 12 things:
- Knowing the names of your colleagues – even if you’ve never met them in person
- Taking care of your customers
- Making a true difference at work
- Working smarter, not harder
- Constantly learning on the job
- Solving different problems
- Becoming indispensable
- Gaining valuable skills and learning new tools
- Not knowing what to expect each day
- Being treated with respect – and doing the same to others
- Feeling free to disagree with your boss
- Being part of something great
I am going to use this list as an anchor post to many other blog articles. It is rich and multi-layered, yet so simple at the same time.
I do not view big companies as evil. In fact, I am exceedingly thankful for my time at big companies. However, I know, at least for myself that were I ever to go back to work for a company, it would be private versus publicly traded. Yet, I cannot even imagine going to work for a company, when there is so much upside to being self-employed.
I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on this list and more importantly looking forward to your comments on these ideas.