When I hear one of our CEOs say “everything is awesome at our company right now; the entire team is in a great mood” – my first thought is “uh-ho”.
Because at great companies things are happening so fast, things are being questioned all the time, things are so at / over capacity – things can’t possibly all be awesome. There is friction, there are disagreements. Great companies live at the edge and it sure as hell does not feel “awesome” – even as an outsider it can be painful to witness.
So when I hear everything is awesome, I know it isn’t.