10 Minutes That Mattered in the Founding of SuccessFactors…

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Leadership

Forbes has been running a piece on "10 Minutes that Mattered", where they ask CEOs and other influencers in the business world to recall a situation that taught them a lot about life and shaped who they are in the business world. 

Every once in a while, you have the big moments in life.  You know the ones – maybe your grandfather imparted some wisdom to you or a mentor taught you a lesson.

Or maybe you just jacked some kids in the face

More from a profile as a part of the series at Forbes:

"Lars Dalgaard didn't pull his punches when it came to coming up with his company's catch phrase. For the $112 million (sales) Successfactors ( SFSFnews people ), it's "No assholes." Dalgaard's referring to the kiss-ups and back-stabbers inside many organizations who get ahead not on merit but on political elbowing. Successfactors' software aims to reward the truly good by measuring performance. As it turns out, Dalgaard adopted this philosophy young in life.

"I was the only foreigner in an English school when I was 13 years old. That experience taught me just how low a tolerance level there is for anyone who's different. They teased me because of my accent. They would call me "bacon" because–and this I can now find funny–England imports the most bacon in the world from Denmark.

Now, I'm normally an anti-violence kind of guy. But I eventually had to punch a couple of kids in the face. It really wasn't my nature. I learned you fight back when you need to. Don't let someone walk all over you. You're a happy dolphin most of the time; then, when someone attacks, you're a shark.

Oh, I give people a chance. Never judge a book by its cover. But fight for your own place."

LOL.  Now, I can understand the story and I get that part.  Playing devil's advocate, if you need to fight for your own place in an organization, doesn't that mean you might be seen as a a****** by those around you?

Has there ever been an environment more full of contradictions than the American workplace?