Leadership with a soul

Scott McNealy is a great leader and he has chosen his successor based on quality of character. I could not be more pleased with that criterion because leadership is a function of character. The transition of CEO has already happened and the best news is the culture of the company is not going to change.

This is a rare company that actually has a soul. We are a collegial community of competent people that thrive on mutual respect. That environment helps inspire the development of great products which not only enhance the bottom line, but contain higher order goals of advancing humanity. I personally need to work for a company that has a multi-dimensional culture. It is a cynical attitude which believes all corporations exist only to make profits. While all corporations must answer to their shareholders, that responsibility is not mutually exclusive of additional motivations for a corporation. I, for one, get very little satisfaction from just making money without having contributed something. Scoring a winning trade in the stock market is not nearly as rewarding as being compensated for mowing a lawn, writing a useful program, managing people, or being awarded a patent. I've profited from all those activities, but each one comes with varying levels of fringe benefits, and sometimes heartaches. Scott has referenced the intangibles as "psychic income".

We are all made of body, mind and spirit. I appreciate that Sun remains a place that recognizes and values all three facets in its employees and reflects them as a corporate entity; beautiful things embodied in campuses and hardware products, brilliant ideas expressed in tight code and redundant architectures, and lofty aspirations beckoning us to participate in realizing green technologies and bridging the digital divide.

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