So Alex, tell us, what does it take to run a successful company?
“You can’t spell success without team,” Kutsishin explains. (Well actually, you can, but who are we to rain on his parade?)
Many people often ask me what it takes to run a successful company, and what I attribute to the success of my companies. To answer this question without first explaining how I feel about the meaning of success would be cheating you, and me, out of an honest understanding of my psyche.
To be successful in anything I believe you have to have a sustained timeframe of doing great work. This “great work” can be anything from rock climbing to swimming; from being a creative writer to running a global organization. All of these efforts have to be sustained over a long period of time to be considered, in my opinion, as a success.
What I mean is so many people can just do something once and then walk away and say “hey look at me I’m successful at ________ (fill in the blank)”. Your success has to be continuous because you know what they say “even a broken clock is right twice a day”.
Now that you understand what success means to me, let’s get back to the question at hand. What does it take to run a successful company? My answer has been the same for as long as I can remember, PEOPLE. Not just people but the right people. I truly believe that the people in my life, including those that are not employed by me, are the reason I have had “success” in business and in life. It is all about having the right team. I know it seems like a cop out , but it’s the truth.
The right people can help you achieve anything and everything. Think about how many great people or companies you know of that have done it all alone? What company out there has one person running the entire show? How many athletes, movie directors, teachers, parents, authors, or composers achieved their success without any assistance or support from GREAT PEOPLE? The answer is zero.
No one person has achieved great success without having the right people in their life. Yes Michael Phelps swims by himself, yes Tony Stewart drives by himself, yes Steve Jobs was the man in charge, but all of these successful people have a team of great people supporting them.
We have a little saying around our office “if you’re DWILing, you’re not working.”
DWIL stands for Doing What I Love. So we surround ourselves with a bunch of DWILers who continue day-in-and-day-out to produce great work, ideas, opinions, arguments and solutions to keep OUR Company moving forward.
Let me also make one thing very clear,GREAT PEOPLE DON’T AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU SAY JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE SAYING IT. GREAT PEOPLE CHALLENGE YOU TO BE GREAT AND CHALLENGE YOU TO ALWAYS BECOME BETTER THAN WHAT YOU WERE YESTERDAY.
So look around and figure out who on your team is great. Who pushes you and who is a “yes man”? Who challenges you and who bows at your every request?
- FiddleFly CEO Alex Kutsishin