Tomorrow, I'm guest lecturing at an MBA class. Meeting with smart, inspiring, challenging students is one of the many things I love about my job, most of which I've written about (probably more than once). Others include (but are most definitely not limited to):
- The mission. Someone is paying me to try to make the world a better place!
- Collaborating, instead of competing with, my counterparts in peer companies. (People who have known me for years will find it hard to believe, but as fierce as I can be in pinochle, I really do not like to compete).
- The justification for sticking my nose into all sorts of corners of the business.
- Working on teams with people all over the company and the world.
- Exposure to other industries and ideas.
- The constant learning.
- Those amazing moments of satisfaction when something changes in the way an executive talks about the core business, an employee shows pride over a process re-design, or the penny drops and the lights go on in a middle manager's eyes.
- The inspiration from the young people who join EMC and want to make a difference.
So this morning, I was standing in the shower noodling about what tack I should take with the students tomorrow, and I thought maybe, for a change, I would share some of the things I don't love quite so much about my job.