Over the last few years, I have had the pleasure of watching Concur’s Small and Mid-Market Business division transform from 30 employees to over 300 globally while retaining our culture and holding our values dear.
Last week, I had the chance to speak at the Pacific North West Out and Equal Summit. I was honored to be there and that Concur was asked to participate – especially during the week that the historic ruling on DOMA was handed down by the Supreme Court. It made me think a lot about what role diversity has played in the growth that we have enjoyed, and how to explain that to other business leaders, who are working hard to navigate their careers while building the life they want to live inside and outside of work.
From my vantage point, the thing I care most about is that people WANT to come work at Concur, and that when they arrive, they find themselves putting more passion, emotion, hard work, and dedication than they ever thought was possible to the tasks at hand.I want them to know it’s possible to build a rich, meaningful career; to learn to lead, innovate and grow, all while making a real difference in the lives of our customers while building relationships that last a lifetime. And, that they can come to work fully known and celebrated for who they are – inside and outside of the company. The more effortless showing up is, the more the work flows, the more we innovate, the better the results.
It’s our responsibility as leaders to not only give our organizations the best of us, but also to give our people the freedom to be themselves. We must.
So, I’m a believer in the idea that a diverse and inclusive workforce is good for business – not because it helps attract the right talent, but because when the right talent can live authentically in the business, we are better.