How many jobs, how many iterations of self are there? Most people change jobs every seven years and with these changes most take the same skills, same attitude, same behaviors with them. There is a better way to work through your professional life… Insanity is defined as doing what you’ve always done and expecting a different result. So let’s talk about career change as a journey of reinvention, not as consecutive jobs. Let me share my person journey to illustrate this point.
Rich 1.0 was an entrepreneur. With no capital I started an insurance agency. A great business, I could sell a product that cost me nothing to inventory or store, cost me little to deliver and make money. For the next ten years I built a very nice insurance agency with a strong base of loyal clients. Then I had the chance to take my skills and equity and take on an insurance brokerage. This lasted another 10 years and I determined it was time to sell the brokerage. For the first time in my life I needed to define who I was, who I wanted to be, what I wanted to do and with what kind of company. Every job I had until this point was opportunistic; get a job and do your best, no planning or preparation necessary.
This brought me to version 2.0. To realize who and what I wanted to be, I did a complete skill and experience inventory and identified the cross application of my skills and experience in other business segments. Since I was an entrepreneur but also hired, trained and coached other entrepreneurs and with practical experience in sales, sales management, marketing, operations, finance, and business ownership, I realized I could have success as a sales, marketing, business development executive with a small company. This iteration brought me three great roles with aspiring companies but because of acquisition, NASDAQ crash and 9/11 I needed to once again re-invent myself.
This brings us to 3.0. Having learned a lot in the high risk, high reward world of early stage start-ups I wanted to re-purpose myself for more of a corporate role that valued the innovator and entrepreneur that was in my DNA. That brought me to credit unions and it’s been a great ride. I have been able to leverage the great work that preceded me, work with high performing teams and wonderful bosses. There was even a great interlude working as a consultant/strategist for a major vendor. But now, that ride is almost over. Having hired my successor, it will soon be time for me to hand over the reins and let “the new guy” take the organization forward from the launch pad we built.
Now we’re at 4.0. As we were preparing for this hand-off, I have had a lot of time while on my regular evening runs to again take inventory. My conclusion from all of this soul searching, experience and skill analysis is to leverage all of the great things we were able to accomplish at Elfcu and as a consultant, share those best practices, strategies and tactics so other organizations could realize similar transformation. The only requirement is, the CEO must possess an appetite for transform. My life mission is to be a catalyst for organizational transformation and to allow companies re-set their compass for continual improvement. I will do this work as an independent consultant or as a consultant for a major vendor in the space; either way, it’s going to be fun!
So, in answer to my very first question, “How many iterations of self are there?” I’ll let you know when I get there. To be continued…