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My Best Mistake: Taking Someone’s Word on Taking a Job

In the spirit of this series on LinkedIn, I offer you a tale of a five month hiatus from the family business I worked in when I was younger.

For years, a marketing professor who had acted as sort of a mentor to me when I was in school had been encouraging me to apply at a business in the telecom industry where he’d done some consulting work. He told me:

  • the owner had a very hands-on management style (that certainly proved to be true).
  • they valued individuality.
  • they were looking for people who could produce long-term results.

The job was to work on the telephone and e-mail about three weeks per month, and travel all over the country at least one week – increasing volume at existing customers and prospecting for new ones. After an extensive series of interviews, including one with the owner himself, I was hired. The rigorousness of the hiring process, along with the persona recommendation of a friend, made me feel that the job would definitely be a good fit. Read more

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Happy 4th

I will be playing alto sax on a nice, sunny (i.e. incredibly hot) stage at the park later, and there will be BBQ, a movie, etc., so don’t think me a total workaholic.

But right now I’m at the office “making license plates,” as I’ve come to call mundane work that can’t be sloughed off on someone else and still has to get done (hat tip for that term – Neal Stephenson, in the excellent book Cryptonomicon), and I’m getting a strange kick out of it. I had a whole lot of coffee this morning, I’m listening to Charlie Parker on my office stereo much louder than I could during business hours, and life is kind of serene…

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