Our friends at YEC asked members of their council this question from a reader… we thought the answers were enlightening for members of the YouTern community. Read on!
Question: What’s one unusual skill employees need to get promoted faster at a start-up or small biz?
With all due respect to Henry Ford, in today’s information economy the 8-hour workday he pioneered is irrelevant for many workers. The 8-hour shift was great for factory workers then working something like 12 hours a day. Things have changed, however — and a warm body pounding away at a computer for eight hours doesn’t translate into increased productivity. Today, technology can unchain us from the workplace; mobile offices are sprouting up everywhere. Major companies allow telecommuting at least some of the time. For instance, 80 to 90 percent of Cisco and Accenture employees are regular telecommuters, according to Fortune. Many tech
There are a few principles that companies will have to thoroughly integrate into the way they work if they wish to succeed in the new economy. All organizations in the new economy must be:
2. Human, and
Anything you can do to align the human systems of your company to operate more in these ways will help it thrive in the new world.
It’s time for “competitive advantage” to die. I mean, it’s had a good run. However, it’s time for something better. I’m a competitive person, so I can extol the benefits of a good rivalry as well as the next guy. A little competition isn’t bad, of course — it tends to keep us on our toes, helps us continually improve, pushes our limits, etc. But in business, like many other things, we’ve gone totally overboard. Our competitiveness has gone into overdrive, where many organizations end up harming people and the planet because they see the world as an endless field
Taking a paycheck 9-to-5 is easy — you show up, you do your work, you get paid. Running your own business? That’s a different story — show up, do your work, but if nobody buys into your idea, you don’t get paid, and you risk the possibility that your entire livelihood could tumble down around you.
But thinking back to where I was five years ago, I wouldn’t have it any other way.