"Did I mention that I love my job lately?" was the bottom of an email from my peer at another company. It stuck in my head for days - for two reasons. One, it fairly leapt off the page with enthusiasm. For another, it's exactly how I feel!
The confluence of what (the job), when (now), and where (EMC) is simply exquisite.
The job itself is amazing. Not only can I follow my passion, I actually get to use it to do my job. It's a systems-level role - I get to focus not on the pieces, but on how they fit together. I'm one of those who would gnaw my arm off if bored (never mind that "boring" is a tough atmosphere to find anywhere at EMC), but this position has me learning about every corner of the business as fast as I can manage to take it in. I'm meeting the most amazing people, inside the company and out, and my charter is actually to work with them to try to change the world.
Could it be at a better time? It is so dynamic (see "Waxman-Markey", "EPA Mandatory Reporting", "GRI", "Copenhagen", "LEED", "The Green Grid", "NYC WEEE" … I could go on for pages but will spare you.) No question the world would be better off if the entire economy had marshaled its forces a decade and more ago to fight climate change, loss of biodiversity, water depletion, poverty, disease, etc., but at least we (a lot of us, anyway) are doing it now.
And how cool is it that I get to do it at EMC?
Where it is in our nature is to execute first, talk later;
Where, while we're proud of what we've done, we're acutely aware of how much we need to do;
Where our employee engagement program isn't about how to get people excited but rather to
make sure all that unstoppable energy is flowing in the same direction;
Where there are sooo many super-smart people to learn from and be challenged by;
Where the CEO fundamentally believes in the importance of sustainability to the company's future and its place in the world;
Where the executives solicit and respond to our personal opinions on our social network, in email, and in the hallway;
Where innovation is the watchword (p.s. we're having a special "sustainability" award at this year's innovation conference! Candidates have to meet all the other criteria, too, of course.);
Where I've made so many friends for life;
Where I have been given the chance to be making a difference and received the feedback that maybe I am;
Where I landed this amazing job!
Have I mentioned lately that I love my job?