"Well there is no business case for generosity. There's a human case, though. And since some businesses are still run by humans it's not completely unheard of to see generosity in the marketplace. I refer to it as the missionary position and that's a position we've embraced in Mike Rowe works. Of course I understand that all businesses are fundamentally competitive so you need to have a mercenary posture as well. The mercenary posture will keep you profitable. The missionary position will keep you on top." -- Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe has had more jobs than you. In fact, Mike has had more jobs than anyone.
As the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated series DIRTY JOBS WITH MIKE ROWE, Mike has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on over 200 jobs that most people would go out of their way to avoid. From coal miners to roustabouts, maggot farmers to sheep castrators, Mike has worked in just about every industry and shot in most every state, celebrating those hard-working Americans who make civilized life possible for the rest of us.
One of my favorite shows is Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe
on the Discovery Chanel. Mr. Bartender has actually been employed in
a few of the jobs shown during the opening credits. When we met, his
job was doing whale autopsies, which (trust me) was a very dirty job.
On the front line at Fast Company's first magazine signing event. . .
We invited Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, and our cover subject of our February 2008 issue to sign copies of the magazine at a local Borders in Los Angeles today. This was a first for Fast Company, and Borders which never hosted a magazine signing event before.
We were all excited to see how the fans reacted to Mike and his story being the focus of a business magazine. I arrived 2 hours prior to the start time and there were already die hard fans waiting anxiously to meet their hero.
What kind of work is most valuable? At this magazine, we tend to talk about ideas and inspiration and management techniques, but less often about the dirty work of getting the job done. Which is why this issue's feature about Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe was such an opportunity. Rowe, until recently, was a screwup. He worked a sequence of low-end acting gigs, more intent on entertaining himself than on having an impact.