26. Aug, 2017

Changes over time.

The most stable thing in life is CHANGE. On the left a picture (from this week) out of the window of the office building, where my outplacement company resides. At the beginning of my outplacement period last year in summer time they were just knocking down the whole area over a period of several month, now the are building it up again. Nice parallel to my life in the last 12+ month. 1st my job was gone and I had to ReThinkandFocus, what I am planning to do next, now I have my own business and take care of right placement for potential candidates and good talent, to make their new companies happy and even more successful. What a CHANGE?

Just yesterday I handed over my first candidate to the hiring company for feedback and maybe a 1st job interview. Will be interesting to see how this process will proceed, I am expecting a first feedback middle of next week.  

As you might have realized in the meantime, I am a positive motivated and honest guy, always willing to help people without expecting an immediate payoff. Similar to Warren Buffett in the finance world, buy a company and then keep it for a very long time --> a real longterm investment. Some of his famous quotes below (https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/warren_buffett.html):

  • Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago
  • It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.
  • Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.

Some weeks ago I did mention an example for a really longterm investment with an old school friend, who did get me a free ticket for a great conference as thank you for my help to him 35+ years back. Something "similar" happened yesterday when I did get an email from Australia, referencing one of my BLOG posts from my early Digital Transformation Consulting education time (28-Mar-17 - http://www.rethinkandfocus.com/429718297/4622522/posting/more-about-change-management). She did like my approach and the content I offered and did provide me additional material with respect to Change Management, thanks a lot back to Australia:

A very good summary covering all key aspects around this interesting and always present topic - CHANGE.

Finally I had my 2nd interview for the government position, to be staffed by February 2018, yesterday. It was a small and cosy assessment center with only me and the deciding committee. First I had to prepare a 15 minute presentation about a related topic for the role, then some more questions and finally a role play for an HR related management topic. For me it did really go well, but I will hear back in 2 - 3 weeks, what the committee thinks about my performance.

You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong. Warren Buffett