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Friday, May 24, 2013 - 3:42am

WORKING: Bad Company, Great Work

Updated: 4 years ago.
Is it possible to thrive and do remarkable work in an organization that’s only so-so? Sometimes, that might make it even easier to shine. Brandon Smith explains how to do great work in a bad place or at least make the most of your time there. (Photo Courtesy of F. Javier Llorente via Flickr.)

“By definition, half the companies in any industry are below average. And somebody has to work at them,” Brian Millar wrote in a recent Fast Company article about ways to turn out great work even in bad circumstances.

He focused specifically on the design industry, but there are average or bottom-half companies in every business. Can you still do great work at these places?

Our workplace expert, Brandon Smith, says ‘yes’ – and it might be easier than you think.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.