Cultivating a workplace where people thrive — not just get through the day — is the key to a highly successful company. Businesses, like people, can just “get by”; but jumping to the next level requires a commitment to taking chances on the counter-reductive. The rules of success have been reduced to a set of assumptions about working long hours, not questioning bosses — ideas that, in their essence, have merit but have been pushed to extremes.
So how to create a workplace where the work feels less like “work”? How to get the unexpected, as well as the expected, out of employees? To the ideas in this article, I would add at least one: Set a good example. Attitude and passion can and do trickle down.