Do you wake up and want to go to work everyday?
If you were in Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley, I bet you do!
I spent the week in San Francisco last week. My best friends girlfriend works for Google. The 3 of us meet Monday evening for the NCAA Championship Game (Michigan/Louisville). While there, some of other Googlers joined us. Now, for me, living in Atlanta and being in technology, Silicon Valley and the companies that make up SV are held on a pedestal. SV is a role model for all emerging tech markets. During the game I was able to talk to the Googlers. I asked if the culture was all it is hyped up to be. Answers were all ubiquitous yeses.
The reason I chose to write about this topic is because I’m fascinated by “difference.” Having free catered meals is “different.” Having a shuttle bus to pick you up in Mission District of San Francisco and shuttle you to Mountain View everyday is “different.” What we’re not used to on a daily basis (we as individuals) is “different.”
Now, I’ve done business on both coasts- East & West. Doing business on both coasts while living in Atlanta makes me wonder how the difference of culture can impact a person’s life and company success. This morning while driving into the office, I was listening to NPR. The program was interviewing Google’s CIO, whom came to Google from Morgan Stanley. He made a comment of how different the culture between Wall Street and Silicon Valley.
So, what type of culture do you work in? If you’re a business leader, what type of culture do you create. Tell you this, the Googler’s I referenced earlier average 11 hour work days. But they absolutely love their work and don’t view 11 hours as work hours. This leads me to believe that company culture has a lot to do with company results. Just look at Googles innovation…..and stock performance.