I want employees to stop feeling so looked down on at work.
I want CEOs to not be untouchable work culture celebrities, but rather ready to serve everyone around them from customers, to employees to their ten-year-old son to (is it even possible?) their spouses.
I want employees to feel valued by their bosses. I want employees to feel like they can make a difference. That they matter. That they can speak up without fear about how to make things better.
I want business owners to see their families. I want them to have relationships. I want them to spend a morning each week with their kids and at least an evening each week with their spouses.
I want business owners to have friends. Real, live friendships.
I want business owners to not feel guilty if they spend a day doing nothing but relaxing. Or seven days, or two weeks.
I want employees to have things to do. I want them to be productive and proud of the difference they’re making through their work in the world.
I want the dream of climbing the corporate ladder to disappear and be replaced by a quest to use our strengths to better the world through meaningful work.
I want there to be parents that come home each day from work ready to love their kids, rather than exhausted and dragged down by the way they have been treated and mechanized.
I want the next generation of kids to think work is a great thing because of the adventure it is for their parents. Not that work isn’t hard. But that it’s great.
I want the millionaire lawyers to take the $15/hr paralegals out to lunch and ask them how they can do things better.
I want the CEO to go out with the interns and ask them what is the best way the company can serve them.
I want business owners to work harder to gain citizenship or work permits for their illegal-immigrant workers than their workers do for them.
I want your business to be the exemplar of a healthy business.
I want customers to feel thought about and cared for by you.
I want us all to not get our identity from what we do but rather let our identity inform what we do.
I want us to not accept work as misery. I want us to recognize that our work and our businesses are what we will spend most of our waking lives and energy on. I want us to truly believe that we can make a difference in our world through our work.
I want us to see that the heart of great work is great relationships. I want us to see that the core of a great life is great relationships.
I want to do what it takes to make this happen. I want to move toward this type of world.
I think you have a lot to do with that. You are the decision maker. You are the chief influencer. The head tone-setter. I want to do whatever I can to serve you. I have the heart, I have the accountability. You have the business. Let me serve you.