At one point I had been asked to proceed without understanding the logic behind a decision I didn't like. The leader said to me,
The moment was remarkable.
I was at a point in my life and in my career where I didn't want to ever work FOR someone again, instead I was ready to work WITH someone. I was ready to take risks, calculated risks, and wanted to dive head on into the project. BUT I was not following anyone anywhere, let alone off a cliff.
Long discussions with trusted friends revealed I wasn't so crazy for that desire. It was time to take my seat at the table not as the enthusiastic cheerleader and hardest little worker ever, but instead as the collaborator, the fighter, and a leader in my own right.
This morning, post way-too-early-to-be-photogenic-deep-sand-sweat session with a fellow thoughtful fighter, I was trolling internet business news and I came across this article by J.T. O'Donnell, Career & Job Search Expert | CEO of CAREEREALISM Media.
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Turns out Top Performers Never Work "FOR" a Company. It's a quick read and a great reminder.
Seems like I should have maybe just started out with the confidence of a collaborator. Skills learned all along the way were part of what I was getting out of the deal and my employers were getting a pretty darn good little asset every day I showed up!
Yesterday morning, I attended a conversation about impact marketing at Tory Johnson's Spark & Hustle convention and met a ton of inspired and productive entrepreneurs. Last night I attended yet another career panel at UCLA for undergrads. I really do have a cool job. This particular one, held at Anderson was for Women in Business and I was excited to hear the questions from the coeds about finding mentors, developing leadership skills, and crafting careers. There is a wicked ambitious and thoughtful generation about to enter the work force and companies are about to have a whole lot of great people ready to work WITH them.