02C6B: Work Drive

Thursday Lunch

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 1111

I'd like to think we had a pretty good session today. Yesterday, we addressed a number of key areas of interest and defined a lot of things that have been floating around for a while. Today, we really had to roll up our sleeves and get more work done and try to figure out our path for the future. And that turned out to be a lot more challenging than you'd think, especially with the type of goals we've been discussing this week. There's a lot of talk in business circles about moonshots and such, and we're trying to find ours. We came up with something, but I think it's going to take a while for the leadership team to fully decide if this is what we want to do before we can even think about how we're going to start attempting to get on the path.

I got rather emotional at one point, which was rather unexpected. I mean as much as I do take my work and this company very seriously. But I guess I had underestimated how emotionally invested I am in certain aspects of the business (or just the business in general, really), especially given the pandemic-related challenges of the last few years. It has been a lot and a half, as it were.

I will always have high hopes for the company and I'm fully committed to things in the long term. I thought my reasons were shallow before, but today I think I managed to tap into something deeper - and verbalized those feelings (potentially inappropriately?) with the team. I'd like to think that everyone still recognizes that I was coming from a good place. But yeah, such impassioned displays don't quite feel like my working style on most days.

I've been thinking a lot about the notion of the "last job", which is something that came to me through another team member. It's an interesting thought - what kind of company would you designate as the last place you want to work until you retire. That's something that people tend to think of a few years short of retirement maybe. It's still a little early for even my peers to be thinking this way, but I know I'm there and I hope there are others in the company who can appreciate that as well. Beyond that, I know it's hardly something that younger members of the team consider, especially as this is actually the first job for many. This is hardly the time any of them would consider the notion of a last job.

But I keep tossing the idea around in my head and I think it has started to inspire me to think about how we run things. How does one craft/steer a company's culture and processes to make it the sort of place that more would want to stay with for the long haul. There's so much that needs to be done to make that real and we have a fair amount of "growing up" (for lack of a better term) to do. 

I hope our discussions this week lead to some serious change for all of us. We're challenging ourselves to take things to a whole other level and it's not going to be easy. But with the right goal in mind and everyone onboard, we just might make it.