A (U.S.*) Thanksgiving tradition in many households is to go around the dinner table and have everyone state what they are thankful for. As we enter the twilight of 2010, I thought that it is a good time to reflect on what I am thankful for at Cisco.
Here is my (decidedly) Cisco-centric list…in reverse order (David Letterman “Top 10 List” style):
#10 – Quality of Life. We have the technology to make it easy and productive to work from anywhere at any time. Broadband was the first step. Collaborative technology is the second. And, now, pervasive video makes it quite seamless indeed. This could also easily be the #1 reason I am thankful to be at Cisco.
#9 – Teamwork. Two heads are better than one. We have a collaborative culture and that makes success much sweeter.
#8 – Fun. We have fun at Cisco. While it may sound trite: if you aren’t having fun, why are you doing it?
#7 – Diversity. Diversity makes us stronger. Diversity of thinking, background, geography, products and more
#6 – Empowerment. Cisco was just recognized as the best employer in all of Canada. One of the reasons stated was because we empower employees to do their job. It may be tough to get into Cisco (I, for instance, interviewed with 11 different people), but once you are hired, we trust you as a professional to do your job.
#5 – Our competitors. What? Having great competition validates that we are in the right markets. We have strong competitors up and down our product portfolio and it pushes us to innovate and deliver better technology for our customers. Thank you, competitors.
#4 – Our shareholders. We thank our shareholders for investing their trust and money in our vision of changing the way the world works, lives, learns and plays.
#3 – Our partners. Our partners make us better. It is that simple.
#2 – Cisco employees. For our 25th anniversary, we challenged Cisco employees to volunteer an aggregate of 25 years of volunteering (200,000 hours). We volunteered over 220,000 hours. Giving back to our communities is very important to us!
And, the number 1 reason to give thanks at Cisco:
#1 – Customers. We know we don’t exist if we don’t deliver what our customers want and need, so we are most thankful for our customers.
Please add what you are thankful for…in life…or work…Cisco and non-Cisco. And, Happy Thanksgiving.
*Canadian Thanksgiving too?