THE QUESTION

The lure of the new

Wasn't it just yesterday that Google was the coolest company on the planet? The New York Times says the online giant is now seen by techies as a lumbering behemoth, and key employees are starting to leave for more nimble companies. Is it possible for an innovator to stay in the lead indefinitely, or is there always a "hungrier" competitor right around the corner? In your experience, do large companies offer the same shot at success, or do workers usually have to break away to seek the greater rewards?

Posted by Success Editors on December 6, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Natural evolution

Those choosing to leave Google will go on to create the next breakthroughs in innovation. Without this entrepreneurial drive, our civilization and our technology would not be where it is today.

Posted by Cleve Francis, on December 6, 2010 4:27 PM

Is loyalty dead?

To quote Dwight Schrute from "The Office:" 'Look, I'm all about loyalty. ... But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly, I'm going wherever they value loyalty the most.'

Posted by Allison Miner, on December 6, 2010 12:00 AM

Shape Your Success

For many, Google still remains one of the coolest companies on the planet. Is it going to lose some hot-shot engineers? Of course. Will some very bright people take their place? You bet.

Posted by Jennifer Tucker, on December 6, 2010 12:00 AM

Behemothian Rhapsody

If you consider freedom and creativity more important than stability, then yes, there's plenty of opportunity. But the truth is that most people are not risk takers.

Posted by Garrison Wynn, on December 6, 2010 12:00 AM

Lessons of aged icons

Deep in the roots of every great corporate success story lurks the DNA of entropy and the possibility of failure.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on December 6, 2010 12:00 AM

Self-selected success

The workers leaving Google are doing themselves and the company a favor. Success happens for both a company and an individual when there is a match between an employee's values and a company's culture.

Posted by Virginia Bianco-Mathis, on December 6, 2010 12:00 AM

Grow and stay hungry

Competition, challenge and perpetual threat -- intellectual or physical -- keeps us relevant, professionally sharp and a little bit hungry.

Posted by Hile Rutledge, on December 6, 2010 12:00 AM

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