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“If you can see it, do it.”

by on May.26, 2009, under Storage

Workplace Culture: “If you can see it, do it.”

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Culture at EMC About eighteen years ago, in my first week working at EMC, I asked the head of my department this question, “How do I become successful at EMC?” I love that the answer he gave that day is still so appropriate. He said, “If you see an opportunity to do something, ask if you can do it and chances are they’ll say ‘Yes.’” An even more up-to-date version of this, thanks in large part to social media tools and EMC’s 2.0 management philosophy: “If you can see it, do it.”* There is ALWAYS opportunity to jump in and work on something here, regardless of how it fits into your official day job. My colleague Dave Spencer, wrote a post on this today sharing a bit of his story and other observations he had while at EMCWorld. Below is an excerpt: “A while back I told Polly one of the things I’d tell a new (or potential) employee about EMC is that there’s always something that needs doing that isn’t being done, and that if you can find a way to do that, you’ll always have a place here. It’s never been more true, or more easy, than it…

Culture at EMC

About eighteen years ago, in my first week working at EMC, I asked the head of my department this question, “How do I become successful at EMC?”

I love that the answer he gave that day is still so appropriate.

He said, “If you see an opportunity to do something, ask if you can do it and chances are they’ll say ‘Yes.’”

An even more up-to-date version of this, thanks in large part to social media tools and EMC’s 2.0 management philosophy:

“If you can see it, do it.”*

There is ALWAYS opportunity to jump in and work on something here, regardless of how it fits into your official day job. 

My colleague Dave Spencer, wrote a post on this today sharing a bit of his story and other observations he had while at EMCWorld. Below is an excerpt:

“A while back I told Polly one of the things I’d tell a new (or potential) employee about EMC is that there’s always something that needs doing that isn’t being done, and that if you can find a way to do that, you’ll always have a place here.  It’s never been more true, or more easy, than it is today.  I can’t imagine this is unique to EMC, but I certainly admire the way which EMC has allowed and encouraged us to explore those opportunities.”

Dave was kind enough to sit down with me a couple quarters ago to answer the question, “What inspires you about EMC?” This is one of two clips we posted to the EMC Careers channel on YouTube with his answers.You can get to know Dave a bit better and hear more on this in the short clip below. (At 1:19 he talks directly to this subject of this post.)

* The only caveat, deep in the code of the EMC Culture, is that you continue to execute your official job inclusive of meeting all your goals. Anything you wish to do on top of that is essentially an open door.

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What’s your story? Are you doing things at work because you saw an opportunity and jumped in?

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