In an effort to reshape the public image as Facebook moves to Meta, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces new corporate values emphasizing Meta’s vision for the future.
Zuckerberg shared the changes to Meta values and explained what they mean in a letter sent to all company employees today.
When Meta was known as Facebook, it operated under a mission statement: “Go fast and smash things.”
As the company matured, these values eventually changed to: “Empower people to build community and bring the world together.”
Now known as Meta, the company does not operate under a single mission statement.
Instead, Zuckerberg presents a list of values guiding the day-to-day operation of the company.
Meta is bringing back the “Move Fast” motto – this time without the reckless abandonment of “breaking things” in the process.
Explained in more detail in the following sections, here are Meta’s new enterprise values:
- Hurry up
- Focus on long-term impact
- Build awesome things
- Live in the future
- Be direct and respect your colleagues
- Meta, metamates, me
Since it’s not obvious what these values mean (especially the latter), Zuckerberg breaks down each one in more detail.
Meta’s new corporate values
This value is about acting with urgency while breaking down barriers that stand in the way of high priority initiatives.
Zuckerberg insists on the importance of going fast as a team, and that not everyone is going fast alone.
“Move Fast helps us build and learn faster than anyone. It means acting with urgency and not waiting until next week to do something you could do today. At our scale, it also means continuously working to increase the speed of our highest priority initiatives by methodically removing the obstacles that stand in our way.It’s about moving quickly together – in one direction as a company, not just as individuals.
Focus on long-term impact
This value is about keeping the company focused on goals that take time to achieve and not getting distracted by short-term gains.
“The focus on long-term impact emphasizes long-term thinking and encourages us to extend the timeline of impact we have, rather than optimizing for short-term gains. We need to tackling the challenges that will have the most impact, even if the full results won’t be visible for years.
Build awesome things
Zuckerberg wants to ship products that are better than “good”. This value reflects the company’s goal to ship products that are as inspiring as they are useful.
“Build Awesome Things pushes us to deliver things that are not only good, but also awesome. We have already created products that are useful to billions of people, but in our next chapter, we will also focus more on inspiring people. This quality bar should apply to everything we do.
Live in the future
Zuckerberg envisions a future where opportunities are not limited by physical location. This value defines Meta’s commitment to being a “distributed first” company.
“Live in the Future guides us to build the future of distributed work we want, where opportunities are not limited by geography. It means operating as a distributed-first company and being early adopters of the future products we’re building to help people feel together, no matter where they are.
Be direct and respect your colleagues
Zuckerberg wants employees to have more meaningful conversations with each other. This value aims to guide the team in this direction, while recognizing the need to be respectful.
“Be Direct and Respect Your Colleagues is about creating a culture where we are candid and willing to have difficult conversations with each other. At the same time, we are also respectful and when sharing feedback, we recognize that many some of the best experts in the world work here.”
Meta, metamates, me
Zuckerberg wants Meta employees to be collectively known as “Metamates”. This value is intended to foster a greater sense of unity.
“Meta, Metamates, Me is about being good stewards of our company and our mission. It’s about the sense of responsibility we have for our collective success and to each other as teammates. It’s about to take care of our business and others.
Zuckerberg signs his letter with the following statement:
“At the end of the day, values are not what you write on a website, but what we hold each other accountable to every day. I encourage you to reflect on these values and what they mean to you as we begin to work on this next chapter for our business. »
Source: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook
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