Eden Chen

It is Hard to Think Long Term

Eden Chen August 02, 2016

It is Hard to Think Long Term

We do an offsite work trip every year where we work (a bunch of our team is remote), have fun, and travel together (it’s been said that there’s no better way to know someone outside of traveling with them). This year we are off to New Zealand.

In order to prep for the offsite, I just began reading Good to Great and How to Win Friends and Influence People both of which I’ve really enjoyed and are must-reads.

As I’ve been thinking through a lot of the principles in those books, my thoughts tonight are really around how hard it is to prep the company for the long term or to think through company vision. There’s always something short term that I need to get done, I really need to be forced to think long term. The cliche saying that we should live everyday like it’s our last turns out to be horrible advice. Here are some important long term questions that I’ve been asking myself:

  • What is the mission statement of our company?
  • What ties the different businesses that we work on together?
  • Who are the kinds of people that I want to work with?
  • What are some tangible ways I can become a better leader?
  • Where is technology going in the future and how do we prepare for that?
  • What have we done this year that we are proud of?
  • Why am I even working in technology?
  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • What is my role at the company?

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