A few months ago Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, asked me why I work at Rackspace. “Would you still work at Rackspace, even if you won the lottery?” he asked me. “Yes,” I answered.
But it didn’t click WHY I answered that way until I saw this presentation by Dan Pink.
You really must watch it. It points out that a lot of what we think about rewards and getting the best work out of someone in this modern world is all wrong.
Is your job giving you a sense of purpose? Does it give you motivation to do better work? Does your boss get out of your way, or does he/she just give you a list of tasks to do?
I’m very fortunate to work for a company that gives me a purpose and then gets out of my way. The purpose? Help startups. Period. Note that I, and my coworkers, Rocky, Rob, Michelle, help out everyone we can, even those who host on our competitors. If you watch my videos I’d guess that only a small portion are actually of entrepreneurs who host on Rackspace.
Why? Because we have a deeper purpose than to just help ourselves. It’s why I work at Rackspace.