For some reason we’re in a place as a society where success is generally measured by money – I disagree but we are where we are.
That view that “success = money” then means that people running companies use often money as their primary guide post – again, I disagree but I have other guides to rely on 🙂
I think this use of money as the primary guide for decision making leads to a lot of bad decisions. I’m not talking about from a spiritual or environmental perspective, but a purely business one. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch my industry go through a number of life phases and it is very clear that the companies who were only focused on money aren’t here any more.
I used to think I was the only one who thought this way. But Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson is on the same track albeit he comes at it from “what can you control”:
If you want to know how successful you are, think about how how happy you are.
If you want to know how successful a company is, sit in the office and observe how much joy there is.