Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Keep the Candle Burning

I wasn’t at Sun for very long, but like most people that worked there, it made a quite an impression on me. Despite decades teaching engineering at universities, consulting, and working in industry, it was at Sun that I learned what it meant to be an engineer and how to celebrate success. Scott summed it up best: “kick butt and have fun”.

So, I’m disappointed in Jonathan’s farewell message as reported in the Register: “Go home, light a candle, and let go of the expectations and assumptions that defined Sun as a workplace. Honor and remember them, but let them go.”

Honor those expectations and assumptions for sure, but never ever let them go. Those characteristics made Sun great and will make other companies and other engineers great as well.

Light that candle and let it show you the way. And keep it burning so others may also benefit.

Thank you Scott.