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Corporate Hocus Pocus

Posted Aug 24 2009 10:09pm
As some of you are aware, I've spent many a year walking the corporate halls of America. My last full-time corporate gig was a director position at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). When I landed there, I thought I'd made it into corporate heaven. It was heaven all right--a place where all the answers of the corporate universe were revealed.

There are some things you just don't want to know.

I found that out during the seven years I spent looking out my office window at a glistening golf green, hard balls flying here and there.

Don't get me wrong! I absolutely loved my time there and all the wonderful friends with whom I worked. But when I left J&J a couple of years ago, I was able to reassess my goals (in case you don't know, that's corporate speak). Soon after leaving J&J, I launched Aberration Nation, began painting, and finally fully committed my time to writing. I also launched a little blog called Quality Quirk but soon abandoned it to focus on Aberration Nation.

While working as a director at J&J, I wrote Six Sigma for Business Excellence (McGraw-Hill). That was the year I finished my MS degree and my novel Aberrations --proof that I'd mastered the skill of multi-tasking (more corporate speak). Today I decided to include the book here on Aberration Nation (see sidebar). Once I posted it, my wheels turned a tad further and I decided to post the five original Quality Quirk posts here on Aberration Nation. Corporate America is filled with aberrations--trust me!

So come back tomorrow for the first of five posts that will give you a glimpse into the hocus- pocus-aberration-filled realistic world of work. Whether you recognize your work environment or simply learn something new, I hope these essays will turn your wheels and float your boat.

First up, Where is My Dream Team?
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