When it comes to careers, people often ponder ‘motivators’. What motivates people to do their best at work? Happily, most employers have come to the realization that we’re not all motivated by the same thing – some people work hard for the money (cue Donna Summers!); while, for others, it’s work/life balance; and for still others, it’s a belief in the company vision.
I fall into the last camp usually. Okay, don’t get me wrong, I like money and work/life balance. But, in the end, I’ll sacrifice other things if I believe in a company’s vision.
And what is vision? For me, vision is like a prism – it has a lot of facets and depending on how you hold it against the light, you see a different spectrum. A company has to have a product/market vision – where are they going and why? But they also need to have a culture vision – what values do they hold dear? And a business vision – are they about near-term stock gains or long-term endurance?
I’ve been lucky in my career… I have had the opportunity to work at companies whose vision I can be passionate about. That has certainly been true of my tenure at SmartBear Software – a company whose market vision has centered on software quality. In this day and age, when everything we do hinges on software, I am passionate about making sure that software is solid. I not only could wrap my head around SmartBear’s vision but I have been addicted to it for the last several years. You can’t STOP me from chattering publicly about the importance of testing and monitoring your software so it’s a happy coincidence that SmartBear paid me to do it!
But in the last few months, I’ve come to know another team and another company whose vision resonates with me. It’s not just their market vision, which not only centers on quality but also on enabling people to control and manage something that is essential to everyone’s survival… their finances. I’ve been in this world before, having worked at Intuit, and I know the awesome responsibility that comes with building fintech solutions. It takes a smart team that is dedicated to the mission, one that isn’t afraid to re-evaluate old truths and think outside the box. And that’s the other part of the vision that I can embrace – this acceptance of failure as part of success, the appreciation of intelligence and analysis, the culture of teamwork.
So, it’s time. Time to say goodbye to the good folks at SmartBear Software, whose vision of quality I will always support. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to represent SmartBear and its amazing tools for the past three years.
And now it’s time to say hello to the folks at Capital One, where I can join their journey in the API Economy and work with some of the best minds in the industry. I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead, knowing that I am surrounded by a smart capable team on whose shoulders I can lean. Thanks to Capital One for giving me the opportunity to be part of your path forward!