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Everybody wants to be the best, but while being the best is good, it’s not enough. You have to be the best at what matters. Both now, and in the future. The business and technology world is littered with products and companies that were the best at something and were still bypassed by competitors who were better at something else that mattered more to buyers.
Businesses are often formed to provide a product or service – either proactively or in response to a specific problem. But businesses have to be careful that the problem that they are solving remains a current one, or that it solves the whole problem and not just part of the problem. Otherwise those businesses are vulnerable to competition from new market entrants and new technologies. A classic example of this phenomenon is Carbon Paper.
Somehow I made it through the gauntlet of interviews and Microsoft decided to hire me. Yea, I don’t believe it either. Even after a month, it still feels a little unreal each morning when I swipe my badge – I keep waiting for the light to turn red and for someone to come out and say this has all been a big mistake and that they’ll have to take my badge….But so far it hasn’t happened.
Part II: The Day of the Interview. I got to the Microsoft lobby about 10 minutes early. After a somewhat anxious period of waiting in the reception room, I began the interview loop. I ended up interviewing with five people – some were managers, some were peers and some were dotted-line managers with whom I’d be working with as part of a matrixed organization. (read Part I here)