It’s that time of the year when my mind starts to wander through the past activities and events in my life over the past 365 days. This ‘free-form’ thinking is a welcome break from routine. And while routines are often extremely important to setting pace in one’s personal and business life, these ‘wandering’ moments can be soulful and provide the catalyst for the next wave of energy and focus.

Guy Borgford’s blog post, Is Your Company Fearless, got me thinking about new year’s resolutions for 2011. Fear it seems, is what sets great companies apart. It is in being fearless then, where things seem to take flight.

Two iconic companies come to mind, Facebook and Google. While both have certainly changed my life, it is the mark of their tremendous corporate cultures that struck me.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook once said, ‘it’s about being unafraid to break things in order to make them better.’

David Glazer, Engineering Director of Google calls it keeping the ‘cheese in motion’. Having recently reread Spencer Johnson’s book ‘Who moved my Cheese’, this statement made sense. Change happens. The more you are in your groove prepared for change the more you will adapt. And what two better companies to prove this point than Facebook and Google.

Time for resolutions on becoming more fearless in our lives and in our businesses.

~ Sarah McNeill


3 responses to “Reflections

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Sarah! Starting the new year with
    a fearless little interactive shop as their VP Strategy down here
    in Kirkland on the other side of Lake Washington. Wishing you,
    Dennis and all the McNakers a fearless and prosperous 2011.

  2. Truely said that its fearless change.A human being has to
    evolve and be prepared that he or she has not done any

  3. Love that quote by Zuckerberg. I just watched The Social Network and found things I admire about Zuck and things I dislike. In the midst of writing a post at discussing the five things I admire about him. Good post!

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