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要像对金子一样对员工

2014-02-14    来源:fortunechina    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Vivint公司CEO托德•佩德森22岁从大学辍学创业,如今,他创办的家用太用能公司价值已经高达20亿美元。他之所以能成就今天的事业,父亲当初给他的建议至关重要,那就是:要像对金子一样珍惜员工。

When Todd Pedersen was 22, he dropped out of college at Brigham Young University to start his own company. What began as a marketing firm that worked with pest control companies quickly evolved into a home security business.
托德•佩德森22岁时就从杨百翰大学(Brigham Young University)退学开办了自己的公司。他创办的这家公司最先是一家与虫害防治公司合作的营销公司,但很快便发展成为一家家庭安全服务企业。

Pedersen saw additional opportunity in the realm of home automation, and, eventually, residential solar technology. His company, which came to be called Vivint, now offers all of these services for the home. Vivint's energy management division operates under a power purchaser agreement with home owners. In other words, customers pay no money down to put panels on their roofs, Vivint uses the solar energy to become a power supplier, and the customer enjoys the benefit of a cheaper power bill every month.
佩德森在家庭自动化领域、最终在住宅太阳能技术上发现了别人看不到的机遇。由他创办的家庭自动化服务公司Vivint在上述领域为所有家庭提供全面的服务。Vivint公司能源部门与业主们签订了电力采购协议,也就是说,业主们无需花费一分钱就可在自家屋顶安装太阳能电池板,而Vivint公司利用这些太阳能为他们供应电能,业主们也能享受到更低廉的电+。

Pedersen follows the philosophy that, "Green is good, but it has to be economically viable." Pedersen, 45, lives and works in Provo, Utah. He spoke with Fortune.
佩德森所遵循的理念是:“绿色能源固然好,但也必须经济可行。”现年45岁的佩德森工作和生活都在犹他州的普洛佛。以下是《财富》杂志对他的专访。

1. Which alternative energy projects are you most excited about?
1.哪些替代能源项目最让你感到兴奋?

The only one I can really speak to is Vivint Solar. It's a viable product. Solar is an incredible resource, and in North America it's incredibly under-penetrated. There's tremendous upside opportunity, and the way we're deploying it, it's affordable. We're utilizing tax credit, but we're also growing the capability to finance solar panels on houses and get the benefit of cheaper power. Most people didn't have a choice before [because fitting a house with solar panels was expensive], but now the residential solar industry has come along, and companies like ours can provide better and better services.
这方面我唯一真正了解的是Vivint Solar。这是一个可行的产品。太阳能是极好的资源,但它在北美的渗透率低得难以置信。发展太阳能上行机会巨大,我们部署太阳能的方式也物美价廉。我们正在利用税收抵免,同时也在不断提高部署太阳能电池板的经济能力,以便真正获得低廉能源带来的好处。在这之前,大多数人没有这个选择(因为在屋顶上安装太阳能电池板相当昂贵),但现在住宅太阳能产业发展起来了,像我们这类公司会提供越来越好的服务。

2. What is the best advice you ever received?
2.你得到过的最好的建议是什么?

When I dropped out of college, my parents were kind of upset. My dad drove down to Utah and asked me what was going on. I told him I had an interesting idea for a business. And these are very simple words, but my Dad said to me, "First, if you're going to run a company, you have to provide the best service you possibly can for your customers. Second, you have to treat your employees like gold. And then three, everything else will work itself out."
我从大学辍学的时候,父母非常担忧。我爸爸特地开车到犹他州,问我到底发生了什么事。我告诉他,我有了一个开公司的好主意。我说的非常简单,我爸爸却跟我说:“你想开公司,首先,你要为顾客提供力所能及的最好服务;其次,要像对待金子一样对待你的员工;最后,要相信其它一切都会水到渠成。”

3. What would you do if you weren't working at your current job?
3.如果没有从事现在的工作,你会做什么?

I'd probably be trying to get a job here [at Vivint]. At some point, when I finish in the next 10 to 15 years or whenever I get tired, I'd like to teach business and entrepreneur classes.
我很可能正想方设法在这里(Vivint公司)找到一份工作。将来某个时候,可能在10到15年后,等到我把这些事情都做完了,或者什么时候我对这个行业感到厌倦了,我想去教授商业和创业课程。

4. What is your greatest achievement?
4.你取得的最大成就是什么?

I think my greatest achievement is that I've had quite a bit of success from a business perspective. At the end of the day I realize that it's just a job, and it doesn't make me special, but I've tried to stay grounded through my business success. My company was valued at $2 billion, but I started in a trailer. I think I've maintained great relationships with the people I've worked with through the years. Those things at the end of the day are what really matter to me.
我想,我最大的成就是在职业上获得了相当大的成功。但我最终认识到,它只是一份工作而已,不会让我与别人有什么不同。然而,我也一直在努力通过生意上的成功来保持脚踏实地。我的公司市值20亿美元,但当初,我就是在一个拖车里创立了它。这么多年中,我与一起工作的同事们保持着非常好的关系。对我来说,最终这些才是真正重要的。
 
5. What is one characteristic that every leader should possess?
5.哪项特质是每个领袖都应该具备的?

For me, I think it's understanding the needs of the employee base. You can't do anything without great people surrounding you and having them be motivated to set out and accomplish what you're trying to accomplish. We have an incredible culture at our business, and I really care about the people I work with. I think you can force things to happen inside of an organization, but that isn't lasting.
我个人认为,我觉得是对员工需求的了解。倘若没有优秀员工,或者有了优秀员工、却无法激励他们达成你希望达到的目标,那么你将一事无成。我们公司有着非常优秀的文化,我也真正关心着与我共事的人们。我的看法是,你或许可以强迫员工去完成一些事情,但它绝不会长久。

6. What is one goal that you would like to accomplish during your lifetime?
6.你毕生追求的一个目标是什么?

I've always wanted to climb Mount Everest, but I just don't know if I'm going to get around to it. I love anything adventurous like that, but it's a serious time commitment.
我一直想攀登珠穆朗玛峰,但不知是否能实现。我喜欢这类充满冒险的事情,但这些事会花费非常多的时间。

7. What daily steps do you take to promote sustainability?
7.你每天会采取哪些措施促进可持续发展?

I think from a business perspective, the thing that we're doing is building one of the largest residential solar companies in the country. Solar is an every-single-day resource. I think last month we deployed 6.5 megawatts of solar power in North America.
在业务上,我们希望能成为美国最大的住宅太阳能企业之一。太阳能是一种每天都可以获取的资源,仅上个月我们就在北美部署了6.5兆瓦的太阳能。

8. What do you do to live a balanced life?
8.你是怎样保持生活的平衡?

I'm probably as good as anyone at having a well-balanced life. A lot of it is scheduled between work and my wife and five children. My wife and I make sure that I make it to practices and games and performances and that kind of thing.
我在保持生活平衡方面跟别人没什么两样。很大程度上,保持生活平衡就是要安排好工作和给妻子和五个孩子的时间。我和我的妻子会确保我能参加孩子们的训练、比赛和表演一类的活动。

When I was early in my marriage, the first couple of years with my first two young children's lives, I don't really remember because I was so, so busy. I've been making more of an effort to stay focused on the family and turn the phone off for a couple of hours and pay attention to what's here at home, because at the end of the day that's what really matters.
我不大能记得刚结婚那几年我和我妻子还有两个小孩是怎么生活的了,因为那时我实在是太忙了。我一直在努力把更多心思放在家庭上,比如关机几个小时,看看家里在发生些什么事情。因为最终,家庭才是真正重要的。

The interesting thing about me is that when I'm home -- and I try to come home at a decent hour -- several nights a week, after my children have gone to bed, I have people come to my house to do work late at night. My wife is integrated into that and accepting of my being at home. She'd rather me be at home than at work.
有意思的是,我在家里的时候——我会努力早些回家——每周都有几个晚上,我会在孩子们睡觉之后让同事来家里,然后一起加班到很晚。我妻子已经适应了这种情况,也接受我在家工作。她宁愿我待在家里工作,而不是去公司上班。

I have kind of an odd schedule. I don't go into work early every day. I get up with my children in the morning, take them to school, and I work out before I go to work. I usually get into the office around eleven [o'clock], then I work to six or seven, then usually from 10 to about one a.m.
我的日程安排有点与众不同。我不会每天很早就去公司。早晨我会跟孩子们一起起床,送他们上学,然后锻炼身体,之后才去工作。我到办公室的时间一般在11点左右,然后一直工作到6、7点钟,晚上通常会从10点加班到凌晨1点。

9. What was your first job?
9.你的第一份工作是什么?

My grandpa was the mayor of Idaho Falls, and my first job was mowing lawns for the cemetery in junior high. I was employed by the city at the age of 13.
我祖父是爱达荷福尔斯市市长,我的第一份工作是读中的时候为市里的墓园修剪草坪。市政部门当年雇我的时候,我只有13岁。

10. What is one unique or quirky habit that you have?
10.你有什么独特或古怪的习惯吗?

I wear a hat every day to work. They're all Vivint brand.
我每天上班都戴着帽子,而且都是印着公司标志Vivint的帽子。(财富中文网)



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