I’ve had many conversations lately about organizational values and how they can improve or impede growth in tech. It seems that many companies, both in Canada and the US, are being torn between being values-focus (respectful, kind and trusting) and being delivery-focused (fast, effective). In the eyes of many, these are at opposite ends of a spectrum.
We Canadians have a reputation for being nice - polite to a fault. In markets where customer and employee experience are critical, our inclusive and caring nature is starting to set our tech companies apart.
With our focus on talent, we know that the success of a tech company is tied directly to the ability to attract and engage the best people. While these people all want to be part of a winning team, and one that is moving quickly down the path of success - they also really want to be respected.
The most talented people we talk to want to work with leaders who create an environment where it is safe to innovate and learn - where they are trusted and given both autonomy and direction. Great people know how to get results, and they’d rather deliver those results for a company that shows them respect.
As it turns-out, a values-based organization is most likely to attract the best people. When inspired with the right mission, great people will care about customer and will deliver great solutions with speed and efficiency.