On June 8, PQC celebrated its 14th anniversary. In saying that, it means that I also celebrated that wonderful day that I got the letter back from the state of Indiana stating it was official: We were an incorporated company. It seemed rather anticlimactic back then, but it’s a big deal now when I look back.
With any work-aversary, one should evaluate the things that have been successful and the things that should be avoided. My “avoid” list is too big, so I’ll just skip it because it contains things like “don’t try and eat French fries with ketchup while driving” or making sure that you really want to send a hangry email to someone just because you’re hungry and its late. Not good ideas.
But I do want to remember the big things that I did back then and still do today.
- Try and always look at the positive. It’s hard to focus on being positive, but we get a brighter outlook if we always think something good is about to happen. I’m especially good at that on Fridays! Good news Fridays are notable at PQC.
- Talk to people who will make you take a tougher look at yourself. I’m blessed with a few mentors who always make me look at the real side of my decisions and ideas. It’s helpful to have good cheerleaders, but it’s better to have real feedback.
- Follow people on social media that will help keep you balanced. There are a lot of Nancy Naysayers. They blast your world with negative feedback, but when you find a few who keep you centered, that’s important. I’ve always liked my Twitter relationship with Retired General Martin Dempsey. He is a down-to-earth Army leader who thinks about leadership and inclusion. Here’s a recent post from him that I thought you might enjoy.
- Finally, continue to surround yourself with people who are talented and smart. If you’re the smartest guy in the room, you’ve shortchanged your organization. Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must be moving forward.”
So, thanks to everyone that helped make 14 years possible. Now we’re on to getting the 15th year and making it a good one!
Stacey Smith, PQC President & CEO