If you could work anywhere, where would you work?
We often ask this question of friends or colleagues, in a hypothetical way, much like answering a question about a dream car or vacation. It is widely accepted that there may be a desire to work for certain organizations or companies, but they are somehow out of reach or just not possible for the average person.
I have worked my entire career to have those options, to be able to work at a Fortune 100 company, to go wherever I wanted and be successful. Starbucks? Ticketmaster? Home Depot? Been there; done that.
But what comes next? For me the answer was an easy one, an opportunity to work for a growing company. A company that has learning as a core value, a company that fosters innovation, and a company where people want to come to work; not because of the pool table, Nerf guns or shuffleboard, but because they believe in the mission of the organization.
Every day I get to work with people I like, respect and trust. Over the last three weeks, you’ve read messages from my peers on the executive team. These guys are among the best I have had the privilege to work with. Not because they are the most educated or because they work the longest hours, but because they care about what we are building together. They care about me. My personal success is tied to our success at ICOM. I feel proud to be working for one of the fastest growing companies in the country, a company that is named one of the 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada. I feel proud not for the praise that the accolades bring, but for the work that is behind each piece of that recognition.
Success for me is seeing this young company grow, to be a part of the development of some incredibly talented individuals and see them reach their goals. We are fostering something special at ICOM, something rare. It is in our people and it is their experiences as employees that drive how they interact with our clients and deliver that same experience outside of the organization to all of our partners.
So when people ask me where I want to work, the answer should be no surprise.
Jared Tabler is the Vice President of Operations at ICOM Productions and an adjunct professor at MacEwan University