Getting better at getting better is what RiseWithDrew is all about.

Monday through Thursday, we explore ideas from authors, thought leaders, and exemplary organizations. On Friday, I share something about myself or what we at PCI are doing in our quest to earn a spot on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.

That’s how I’ve started the Friday RiseWithDrew posts for some time now. As you will see below, I will need to modify how I start my Friday posts!

1: It was lunchtime. The year was 1999. I was sitting in my office at PCI eating a BLT and a bag of Cheetos. Back then, I didn’t pay much attention to what I ate. As I flipped through my mail, amongst the various envelopes and postcards was a copy of the latest Fortune magazine. 

The 100 Best Companies to Work For” read the headline on the cover.  

“What’s this?” I thought.  

The year before, we organized our very first book club at PCI. About a dozen of my colleagues had volunteered to read and discuss Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. One of the key takeaways from the book was that visionary companies like Disney, Nordstrom, and Procter & Gamble all had exceptionally strong workplace cultures.  

Having a world-class workplace culture would be awesome, we all agreed.  

2: At that time, the workplace culture at PCI was very traditional. Just like my dad. Who had founded Publishing Concepts. We were very much a top-down organization.

Sitting at my desk that day, reading about the 100 Best Companies to Work For, a thought went through my brain.

“One day we are going to be on that list.”

I shared this thought with some of my colleagues. Was this something they would be excited about? Was this something they could get behind?

Yes and yes, were the responses. 

3: In 1999, we put forward our long-term vision: One day, PCI would earn a spot on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for.

For twenty-three years, that has been our vision.  

Each Monday morning, I lead a short meeting called the 10@830 (10 minutes at 8:30 am) which we begin by reading the five pillars of our PCI culture. One of which is our vision: “We want to earn a spot on Fortune magazine’s Best Companies to Work For list.”  

For 20+ years, we’ve made decisions and hired people we thought would help us achieve this vision.  

We told ourselves: One day, we will achieve that vision.

Well, that day is today.   

Earlier this month, we learned that Fortune magazine had named PCI as the #55 Best Medium Workplace.

Vision accomplished.

More next week!


Reflection: What is one of my long-term goals? Why is that goal important to me? What would it mean to me to achieve it?

Action: Journal about my answers to the questions above.

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