The company I work for is almost 170 years old, and it is not a public company. (A 170-year-old IT company, you say? Well, it didn’t start out in IT.)
Recently, the internal newsletter discussed the company plan for the next 35 years. Can you imagine any public company anywhere doing such a thing? Of course not.
It’s pretty great working for a company that doesn’t wildly vacillate between firing and hiring people quarter to quarter and attempting to do similar stupid things to goose earnings.
It’s the only company I’ve ever worked for that actually considers its distant future — in fact, a future so distant that many of the people currently working here will be dead when it arrives.
Now that’s not thinking quarter to quarter.