Career and Money Advice At The Intersection Of Business And Technology

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It’s OK to climb corporate ladder

September 16th, 2008 · No Comments

"I hate office politics!"

"I just don’t want to climb the corporate ladder. I have to start something on my own. I will never make it to the top by keep grinding at Microsoft".

"It’s so cool to have your own business. Entrepreneurship is the future. You get so much respect from people by striking out on your own!"

Our society and media have a fascination with entrepreneurship in the technology industry. Many people I know have dreamt to run their own technology companies.

I have great admiration for people who run their own businesses. I’m in the process of starting my own company.

But, you’re not a loser if your goal is to stay in big corporations.

If everyone is an entrepreneur, we won’t have anyone to work for others. That’ll be a problem. 🙂

We need large corporations to run efficiently, profitably, and socially responsibly. To build and grow great companies, we need great leaders and managers. Corporate leaders such as Jack Welch create tremendous value to our economy and society, but they’re not entrepreneurs. They’re professional managers.

Just like we need more smart, risk-taking, socially responsible entrepreneurs, we need more managers and leaders who climb up the corporate ladder with integrity, and produce great results.

The only thing I want to remind you if you want to climb the corporate ladder — climb with integrity, humility, and leadership.

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