Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Based on monitoring of my Blog and Website since their recent redesigns, I believe some my readers may be a little confused. To wit, let me make the new structure clear in this post, which I will place in all locations where I’m regularly blogging.
I am currently writing three blogs.
Career Transition – this is my personal blog, and is hosted on Blogspot. The intention of the blog is to chronicle my personal journey from being a high level company executive to my final career destination (whatever that may be). A mid-career transition can be a hard one, and I’ve done quite a lot of research and soul-searching on the subject. My hope is some of the insights I offer will make the process less painful and disorienting for others.
About my Writing – on Tomspears.com. This is a journal on some of my thoughts about the writing process and how I am learning, growing and maturing as a writer of fiction. There are also occasional comments on current projects I am working on.
Corporate Politics- blog – also on Tomspears.com. This blog provides expert insights into the world of corporate politics. Several months ago, I wrote a lengthy article on the subject, and the blog is supportive of the concepts presented in the article. The blog was started specifically to support my first novel, LEVERAGE, which revolves around the dynamics of corporate politics and cover-ups.
I offer the following suggestions to readers.
If you like what you read, click on the Follow button. You can then set up the blog to forward posts to whatever reader you’re using (my personal preference is Google Reader – if you’re not using a blog reader now, check it out).
Post comments. Comments make the blog posts more interesting. Comments can be posted anonymously, and even if I can guess your identity, I won’t “out” you. I get a lot of private emails after a post that would often times work better as a comment.
If you are blogging yourself, or have your own website, I offer to exchange links. I feature several links on my website – under the heading Great Links. I pass and receive considerable traffic through these links. Send me an email at email@example.com to let me know you’re interested.Happy reading and thank you for your interest in my work.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
I’ve not had a corporate job now for eleven months, and I’m not looking for one. Hopefully, I won’t need to ever again. Some of the things that lead to my firing from Valmont – my risk-taking and my stubbornness, don’t fit very well in the corporate environment. And I’m weary of trying to pound my natural personality into the corporate mold.
I still love manufacturing, and I enjoy business. But I’ve found other activities more satisfying – at least thus far. Right now, my powder is dry, and the world is my oyster. If I decided I wanted to pick up my family and move to Tahiti and teach hula dancing, I could (theoretically) do it.
Don’t worry, Paula – it’s just an example. As one of my friends said – I’m in the fun zone, and I hope to stay there.
So if my taking a position at Lindsay angered some of my former Valmont colleagues, all I can say is – it was a bounce back relationship, I wasn’t forbidden by my agreements with Valmont, I needed a job at the time, and I couldn’t move. And I hope you understand and appreciate the fact I was cast off. Fired by Valmont. Read: Of no further use.
I also hope my blog readers now understand my separation from Lindsay was initiated by me, and it was for my own private reasons – not because there is something wrong with the company, nor with me either, for that matter – it was just a mismatch.
So that’s my tale. If by reading it, I’ve given any further clarity to your thought process about your own future, then it’s been worth the effort.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
By early 2010, I knew I needed a break from the corporate grind. I’d been subjecting myself to it since I was twenty one years old, all in the name of reaching the top. Now, I knew I didn’t even want the job if it was offered to me. It became more and more clear what I should have done, was to take some time off after being fired from Valmont, and set my life on a different course. Hind sight is so easy – in the moment when I took the job at Lindsay I was hurt, confused, and ready to jump right back into what I’d always done -- if for no other reason than it meant I didn’t have to think too hard about my life’s trajectory.
But it wasn’t too late. I hadn’t taken any irreversible steps – if I wanted to take time off to really think through my remaining thirty or forty years, I could still do it.
I met with a few mentors and advisors, including both Mintz and Fransecky, and began preparing myself. I charted a year’s sabbatical. I reflected deeply on my interests and pleasures before business had Shanghai-ed ninety percent of my waking consciousness. I thought about my family, and the legacy I would leave them.
I decided it wasn’t a question of if I would quit, only when. Being good with math, I aimed for November of 2010 -- after bonuses for the year were paid, and options vested.
But the situation at work was deteriorating. I found the management process to be increasingly grating. And there were issues – things I might have once shrugged off, like experiencing a public dressing down, or having to call off a deal multiple times because the CEO got cold feet. Those things were really bothering me.
Then one night, I came home whining about something that happened at the office – I don’t even remember what – and Paula looked at me and said, “I don’t know why you even work there anymore.”
The next Monday I went in and resigned from my position – November payouts be damned.
I offered to keep the resignation quiet for as long as the CEO wanted – through the end of the year, if necessary, so he could recruit a replacement.
But I found myself packing up my things and going home at the end of that day. While I agree it was his prerogative to do what he did, I wouldn’t have handled it the same way.