Who Moved My Cheese...
Circle of Influence...
If you work for a large corporation and you don't work in HR, odds are that I just made you cringe.
I'm writing this post after two days of corporate leadership training (indoctrination) meant to kick off a ten month development project. And to tell you how I almost cried.
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to participate in this project. However, like everything I do these days, I'm happy with a touch of sadness.
When I was asked to participate in this project I was in the middle of IVF #4. Of course I calculated how a pregnancy would impact a ten month project. Of course I calculated that it would not be good to be on maternity leave just as the project was wrapping up. Of course I know better than to reject opportunities because I *might* get pregnant. Been there, done that, not doing it again.
So you might think the fact that I started this project still barren with no chance of maternity leave in the future almost made me cry.
The training started the way these things usually start; icebreakers. I listened as people talked about their kids; names, ages, how they struggle to prioritize their little ones ahead of their work. I lost count of how many times I answered, "no," when asked during breaks if I had children. So you might think that all this "kid" talk made me glassy eyed.
What brought me to tears was this...
This picture (recreated by me) on a PowerPoint slide almost brought me to tears. The lesson?
"You never know when there's an exit ramp in your future."
I almost lost it.
I pulled it together only to be hit with another PowerPoint slide. This time a quote.
"Failure is not an option, but quitting is."
I successfully fought back the tears.
But I started to wonder, am I learning about strategic thinking or is the universe trying to tell me something?