Speaking of continual improvement, from Gina Trapani’s blog, Smarterware, I read this amazing company creed crafted by Automattic (the business behind the open-source WordPress blogging platform and WordPress.com). It’s nearly impossible to read this and not think,
“How many of my students are ready to work in a place like this?“
I will never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me. I know there’s no such thing as a status quo. I will build our business sustainably through passionate and loyal customers. I will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. I am more motivated by impact than money, and I know that Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. I will communicate as much as possible, because it’s the oxygen of a distributed company. I am in a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how far away the goal is, the only way to get there is by putting one foot in front of another every day. Given time, there is no problem that’s insurmountable.
-Automattic Company Creed (via Smarterware.org)
Maybe the more important question is “What would it take for all of my students to be ready to work in a place like this?”
What do you think?