Today I concluded anther pointless exercise in attempting to fit into a box I’m clearly not shaped for. For the last year , I’ve been looking for another position with a local company – ANY local company – which would fit my skills and experience. You don’t know this , but I’ve done so many things in my career that it is not easy to pigeonhole me into one job category. 30 years ago that wouldn’t have been an issue as companies were willing to take a risk on the person based On good old human intuition about a person gained in informal interactions over time. Nowadays that’s been replaced by pseudo scientific BS like the “PI Survey” which purports to ascertain your entire personality by asking you to identify yourself in two sets of words. Whoever dreamt up this bullshit and sold it is a genius. It’s now accepted in many many companies as a pre requisite to employment. I can’t even begin to express my utter disgust with any company that uses such a blunt instrument to decide the poor applicants fate. It’s inhuman and sad and should be banned, frankly.
So this company is looking for someone to lead their manufacturing operation through a growth phase and wants someone specifically who knows lean manufacturing inside and out, but ALSO (supposedly) someone who is a master of change management. I’ve not only been trained in change management, I’ve been a national level trainER of change management methodologies for some of the biggest consulting companies in the business. I’ve advised clients for years on how to successfully manage their change initiatives. Of course – none of this mattered as apparently they were looking for someone “who had led something like this before”. Well here’s a news flash – there is NO ONE out there who has successfully led something like this to the level you are seeking who their present company will willingly let go, and if you can find one you can be sure they’re a huge liar. I’ve seen way way too many messed up companies to know that the person who can really (really) do this is an extremely rare animal. Thing is – you had one ready and willing to commit ten years of the last segment of his work career to doing this right there in front of you. Someone who was not only eminently qualified but actually wanted to join your organization despite the shitty compensation and benefits packages you offer. But you blew it. Good luck with your future endeavors and all that.
If this sounds like the rant of a bitter person – you’re partly right. I’m embittered for sure, but more than that I’m saddened that organizations have become so stagnant and risk averse that they won’t take chances on people anymore. Their atrocious management continually self perpetuates in an ever decreasing spiral towards guaranteed mediocrity. Unable to throw off the chains of organizational imperialism, they allow their ranks to be swelled with yes men who have stellar PI profiles, but actually don’t know shit about really managing people and change.
I want no part of it. I’m not cut out for it. I’m a natural born entrepreneur and I’m finally standing up for what I believe in. I’m going to do it my way or go out in a fantastic blaze if glory.
And now I’m going to get coffee. I have boards to sell.