April 2, 2009
It’s been a while since I left off so I will recap quickly. I connected Dixie Gillaspie and Scott Becker. While on the phone with Scott, he suggested that he would like to assist in my career search by putting an announcement in his ASC Review. Now, I don’t know for sure how big that mailing list is, but I do know it’s HUGE. Everyone in an entire industry has it delivered to their in-box weekly. What a huge break this could be.
I spent hours writing a 4 sentence blurb describing myself and emailed to Scott later that day. I continued to grow my network locally but in the back of my mind, I knew that THE lead I’d been waiting for would come from the ASC Review.
After the first publishing, nothing happened. No calls, no emails, nothing. I waited patiently (those that know me wont’ believe that but it’s true). After the second publishing, nothing. Then on a Saturday, an email shows up in my in box from Todd with SourceMedical asking if I’d be interested in talking about a sales position with them. Well, YES.
Todd and I spoke several times over the next few weeks. It became clear to me that I was not a perfect match to the profile SourceMedical originally set out to hire, yet we continued our conversations. In the end, Todd and SourceMedical chose another candidate. I certainly don’t blame them. I am sure the “other guy” represented a much safer choice and is probably doing very well for them today.
The point to my story is, every interaction has value. Every connection you can facilitate has power and none of us know how much. Further, it’s not for us to decide how the giving comes back towards us. What I believe – Give like you don’t need it and expect nothing more than the internal joy of the gift, but remain open to saying “Thank you” and meaning it.
What do you expect to get in return?
When will you get it?
Where will it come from?
Why are you still thinking in Go-Getter terms? Go-Give.
Jason R. Thomas
April 1, 2009
Landings Provides a Takeoff Platform
I have landed. This incarnation of my career search has been successful. I am now employed by Skeleton Key a technology firm in St. Louis, in a business development role. The first person Skeleton Key has had focused completely on bringing new business into the firm. Up until now, that’s been the Principals job, Mark Richman and Oliver Block. There’s nothing like taking your bosses job…
Now, on to what’s really important. Landing Provides a Takeoff Platform
If you’ve followed this blog at all you know that I have many people to thank for their assistance along the way to finding Skeleton Key, or being found by Skeleton Key, depending on your perspective. I was actually introduced to Mark Richman by Gill Wagner (seen here on The Rise to The Top). Tracking that backwards, I was introduced to Gill by Kevin Pannebecker. Thanks again to both. They are truly Go-Givers.
When I landed I felt a momentary ease. It was good to know that I would not be depending on Missouri’s failing unemployment budget any longer. By the time I actually appeared in the office, ready to work, I realized that while landing felt great, I need to put the rocket boosters back on and take off again. What? Take off to where?
My landing provided me a platform (Skeleton Key) from which to launch. It has also given me new cargo and a new message to add to the Giving Experiment mission. Many time I have more questions than answers as I ponder how to package the message and new cargo as I continue the mission of giving, but last night and this morning have been especially clear.
With that said, here is an announcement regarding The Giving Experiment. Look for changes, both stylistic and in the content, over the next couple of months. I have a few more posts to make regarding my career search. They seem relevant since I’ve started the story line already and have a few new people to mention along the way.
However, my little experiment is growing as I load a companies business development plans into the cargo hold. Growth is the goal here right? It is why I started the experiment.
<<< About Skeleton Key >>> We focus in two area, IT Consulting and FileMaker Development. In many ways they go hand in hand, but let me explain for those of you who are not so techno savvy. Our strengths in the IT business are cross-platform (especially Mac and PC) integration, Cisco issues and unique projects that require creative solutions. We make Mac and PC play nice together better than anyone in the St. Louis area. Oliver Block is a magician with Cisco. (Don’t tell him I said it though.) Our FileMaker Development team is one of the best in the world. We are a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Member. If you don’t know much about FileMaker it’s worth a look. There is not quicker, more flexible database tool for small to medium user groups.
What is your motivation?
When will you commit to making someone else better off?
Where will you go if you get the axe?
Why aren’t you preparing for that?