I once sat at a corporate cattle call hiring event in some hotel ballroom on the edge of one of those well-known industrial parks where everyone is working for that one big government entity just down the block. On signing in, a staff member hands each attendee a sheet indicating the various hiring managers who had some interest. Sitting in front of one of those fellows, I heard the question, “So, where you you see yourself in five years?”
I don’t remember much more of that event than my uncontrolled but very honest laughter. Looking around the room, all those people… I recognized many of them from various projects over the years when we all undoubtedly had different companies and agencies making promises and taking their cuts… But there was also this: “That guy over there? We’ve worked together before. He’s really good at X. Whenever I need help with X, I call him. And her over there? She’s really good at Y. Whenever I need help with Y, I know I can call her. It doesn’t matter where they work; if there’s something we need to accomplish, we can get it done — from wherever we are.” In my experience, not much more matters than finding these people and supporting their causes.
What are you working on? Why is it important? How can we help?
TCM: The Corporate Monks