Living and working in India right now reminds me so much of living and working in the US during the 80’s. The 80’s was a kind of awakening time in America, it was all about growth and “making it” and achievement. Reagan was in the White House and brought with him an optimism that finally overcame the ennui that followed the Vietnam war. During this decade the US made a kind of come-back into a roll of prominence on the world stage. The stock market boomed and Gordon Gekko told us, “Greed is good”.
Now it seems to be India’s turn. Tech jobs are plentiful, people have more options for their lives than ever before and the malls are springing up like desert flowers after a rain shower (within 1 mile of my office there are currently seven malls with 4 more being built, one of which will be the largest in Asia).
The 80’s were a long time ago and my definition of success is a lot different now than it was then. But being here now and working with so many young people, in their twenties and just starting out their careers, I often feel the urge to talk to them about success and leadership and values. One of the things I tell them about success at work is that I believe there are three basic things you have to do in your job:
- Make money for your shareholders / company
- Bring value to your customers
- Have fun
I believe if you concentrate on and achieve these three things, and these three things alone, you will be successful at whatever you do. In fact, if you do these things I think you can dispense with most of the other stuff that make jobs unfulfilling (like following the rules:-). Moreover if you are not doing these things on your current job (especially the third one), you should find a new job.