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06.02.2013The Business of Being Fortunate

I'm fortunate to be able to go to Davos and spend time with many of the world's smartest and most impressive people...

Vivek Ranadivé, Forbes.com

I am fresh off the plane from the World Economic Forum in Davos. I’ve been attending WEF for 20 years. This year was the first time in a few years that there was no big crisis looming, so the mood was decidedly more positive. Bankers were not the bad guys like they had been in previous years and the general sentiment among business executives and CEOs is that we’re not going to wait for governments to change things, we’re just going to take charge and do the right things, innovate, create value, invest in the right places and succeed without any help.

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I’m fortunate to be able to go to Davos and spend time with many of the world’s smartest and most impressive people and, as always, it was a treat to do that again this year. The theme this year was dynamic resilience. That’s quite a mouthful, but it’s actually a profound concept. Companies that are successful are dynamic and they have proven to be resilient during difficult times. Given that we’ve just gone through a crisis, dynamic resilience summarized that well.

Being around these highly successful people brought to light another recurring theme: companies evolve, they grow bigger — from a million dollars in revenue, to a billion, to 10 billion and beyond. People often ask me that, as a company grows, what does one have to do to change and adapt? While it’s important to understand that, what’s even more important is to understand what doesn’t change or what shouldn’t change. That is your core values and your core principles.

I started TIBCO with the notion that if you get the right information to the right place at the right time and in the right context, you can make the world a better place. That fundamental mission has remain unchanged for my company, from the time that it was just me to now, with thousands of employees and customers all over the world.

Another of my core philosophies is that we have hired some of the world’s best people and they need to be treated as such, with respect. I try to do everything I can to demonstrate this respect to my employees through consistent acts, big or small. This is something that hasn’t changed as we’ve grown to over a billion dollars in revenue.

Being in Davos around many old friends and meeting new friends got me thinking about where I’ve come from. Just remember, as your company finds its way to more and more success, never forget what it was that got you there.

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