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What would be your idea work environment as a team member working on a cool technology project in central London? This is not (just) about the office space, it's about the team and the company you work for. I'd like to hear peoples' top three items about what they'd love to see for their perfect job. Why on Earth am I asking? Well, I'm helping set up a software company in central London, and I'm fascinated by the idea that the 'wisdom of crowds' can help me discover some of my 'unknown unknowns'.
Although I have a whole bunch of ideas, I will start the ball rolling by giving my own top three:
- A really great team - I don't have to agree with them, but I need to be able to respect them and be able to learn from them too. They're team players but they're not afraid of disagreement, not in an elitist jerk kind of way but in a "based upon what I know now, I don't agree; let's have an open conversation and I want you to convince me" kind of way. Without a great team, everything else is a non-starter.
- An organisation that respects people - and by this I mean one that treats the team as grown-ups, like the professionals that they are, not like little kids that need to be told what to do and then watched over to make sure that they don't do anything naughty. This permeates throughout every aspect of an organisation, from pay and benefits to holiday policy to providing working materials. I want to feel that the company gives me the space to demonstrate that I am worthy of trust and respect, but starting from an assumption of adult professionalism, not kindergarden.
- A culture of excellence - by this I don't just mean that people are good at their jobs, and the company produces products that excite and engage the customer, but an organisation that understands that IT is essentially a learning business, and that we need time and space to learn and improve - not just technology and skills, but about the market, about our customers, about business and about each other. Those who learn fastest can adapt fastest and lead the market, today's startups are about learning faster than the competition, not doing faster or changing faster.
There's lots more, but part of my own journey is having the discipline to listen more, and talk less. I'd love to hear what your top three are...