Volume 67, August 2008
I have been working with one of the brightest people I have ever met.Here is a man with not one but two master’s degrees from YaleUniversity who came in to see me because he had been out of work forover two years at the time.
After going through his history a few things became quite evident.First of all he was traumatized by the way his last few jobs ended. From his perspective he was not treated fairly and I would have toagree that given his account of what was going on. At the time he was dealing with some fairly serious family health issues. Corporate America seems to be a place where few are allowed to deal with family emergencies in a manner that is helpful both to the employee and to the employee’s family. The need to continue to be on the job, able to perform as if nothing is going on, is indeed a most heartless and useless way to go in my opinion.
Later on in his job history he had made all his sales goals in another job and yet was given a letter by his boss stating that he had not performed the way he was required. There was never any mention of any concern previously from the boss, and so it came as a very hurtful surprise.
As we worked together, it became obvious to me that this person did not have the personality of one who was going to be able to work for another. He got frustrated easily with his bosses inability to do things in a more logical and quicker manner and further was bored by most of what corporate America had to offer in terms of jobs anyway.This became very clear after he attended many networking meetings and job interviews.
After clearing all the hurt feelings and trauma involved in hisprevious work history it was necessary to figure out how he could create the sort of income his family was used to doing something thathe really cared about doing in a company that he could feel pleased to work in.
My solution was for him to find a way to be his own boss. He is very bright, very accomplished and need not live according to what someboss he probably would not respect would ask of him anyway. It was afruitless exercise of repeated frustration.
After about 6 months of working together I am happy to tell you that he is going to be a partner with two other people in a company thatwill bring in as much income as they can generate from a very well marketed web presence. My client’s expertise happens to be marketing and software, and so it will be his responsibility to create the sortof income that he knows he can produce for the company and that is absolutely a perfect fit for this very talented and accomplished gentleman.
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