Right now, I'm feeling plenty of excitement, pride and relief as I share the news that our business The Physio Co has been ranked as one of the top 25 Best Small & Medium Workplaces in Asia for 2018.

This 2018 list was put together by the Great Place to Work Institute. More than 1.46 million employees participated in the survey, which covers nine Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work is represented.

It's the fourth year in a row The Physio Co has been named on the list.

The excitement and pride come from the phenomenal effort that's been put in by so many people at The Physio Co.

Clear vision

It takes a clear vision, straightforward strategy,  refined systems and committed team members to build a strong culture that's recognised in awards like this.

Our wonderful team at The Physio Co have learned, grown and executed beautifully, through some tough challenges in the last few years. Being ranked as one of Asia's Best Workplaces is reward for that committed effort.

My sense of relief comes from the fact that we publicly announced in 2016 that, by December 31, 2018, The Physio Co would be ranked as one of Asia's Best Workplaces 'multiple times.'  We've now achieved that part of our Painted Picture Vision of 2018Phew! Committing to and publishing future goals on the web is scary, nerve-wracking, yet inspiring, and brings a higher level of accountability. We've achieved it, and it feels great :)

Building The Physio Co's award-winning team has been a long, slow and never-ending process. 

I've always had a dream of working with a group of people that inspire me. From the earliest days of The Physio Co, even when it was a one-person business and long before I even knew what a strong team culture was, I had the dream of attracting a small number of other positive people with similar values to create a meaningful team. Awards like this are milestones on that journey.

Over the past 14 years, that early dream to build an aligned team has been gradually transformed into reality. When I reflect on how it's happened I can think of four key elements:

  • Vision - a clear, documented and inspiring view of the future.
  • Desire & Persistence - an unwavering commitment to succeeding, whatever challenges and learnings are needed. (As author Ryan Holiday says, often 'The Obstacle is The Way').
  • Systems - A strong culture is built from well-documented, ever-improving systems. Ours are part of the Culture Is Everything system that we've developed over a period of time.
  • Relentless Execution - This is the hard work bit.  Execution takes time. Build the system, then execute.  Over and over and over.

Winning awards like this one is a form of feedback, that is, an external sign or marker that allow us to understand that our vision is coming to life.

Big congrats TPCers.  Super-impressive stuff :)