I just spoke with a fellow who needed to end a freelance career and return to corporate life. Although he is a real pro at what he does and enjoys the consulting life, other factors impacted the decision. While this would seem like a real blow to many, he sounded very calm and relaxed. He was at peace with the decision.
She didn't have a choice. When you visit the links above, note the bright smile that
lights up the pages.
Some years back I received a phone call asking if I would consult/coach
with a VP of Engineering at a major corporation. Part of his company
had actually been shut down by a government monitoring agency. I was
told by associates from other consulting firms not to work with him.
They said he was "old school," "narrow minded," and "kept to himself."
(Whatever that was supposed to mean).
What had his part been in the company's situation? He had actually
warned the CEO and Board of Directors, verbally and in writing, that
things were happening which were wrong. When the smoke finally cleared, he was
the only one of the management team left.
The proposed task? To re-invigorate and re-structure a large organization of
people who had been under close scrutiny and investigation. They were ultimately found
not only to be above-board in their behavior but highly competent in
I decided to ignore the comments and went to meet with him. At the
end of our initial meeting it was clear to me that he wanted to make a
real difference and leave a legacy of professionalism and integrity for
his group, and that the road ahead would be difficult. At that point I knew little about his personal background. I
heard my voice begin a question that I had never asked a prospective
client before: "How is your relationship with God?"
His answer: "I am totally at peace."
We worked together for 3 years on the project until his retirement.
He was not onlynotold school or narrow minded; he was willing to
consistently be "out there" with his people to lead and encourage
throughout the rebuilding of the division and the company.
Here we have three different people facing major challenges and
obstacles that were not of their doing. The first person will do just
fine. The second two made decisions and acted upon them with courage.
None blamed their boss, their company, or their life.
Instead, they began by becoming peaceful with the situation and themselves. It allowed them to think clearly and act wisely.