My favorite quote (or reminder as I like to think of them)...

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” (Marianne Williamson - A Return to Love)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I "get" people!

"The world will not fall apart if we step into our grace and express our vastness. It is more likely the world will stop falling apart when we do." (Geneen Roth)

When I left my last job, I was resolved that I would (only) work for one of “The Best Companies to Work For”. So off I went, my Business Journal in hand.

About three weeks into my new way of life (that is me not saying that I don’t have a job), I started the journey and looked up each and every one of those companies. I visited each of their job-boards. One company had on their site a job for a Communications Specialist. PERFECT!! I’m a great communicator (not talker, communicator…no matter what my husband tells you!)! I was asked to interview with this neat company - an insurance company (one of the award winners in the small company category). Like I know anything about that industry! But I was interviewing for a Communications Specialist – just tell me what I need to communicate and I’m your gal!

It was a long, nearly three hour interview and I found myself really interested in this position. That was in September, and as you all know, it is now (say it with me) – February, the month of Tracey. I don’t work there. And as far as I can tell, they have never hired anyone for the position as it is still on their job-board (she says in defense of her ego).

My sister-in-law tells me that it is a good thing because she didn’t feel that would be a good fit for me – that I wouldn’t be passionate about it. She knows me pretty well. OK, very well. Yet I mourned. See, I have this thing about creating a story about what I can do for someone and their company and I can see it and how it manifests itself and how enrolling I am to coworkers and more importantly customers! This was going be great! Yeah, that’s what I said when I went to work at my last job and was so over-qualified that at times I felt like a hamster on a wheel. And while I think that for the insurance company job, I would have been blessed to use one of those hamster balls – you know, instead of the wheel – I think, eventually (sooner than later) the job would have flat lined for me.

See when you are helping someone build their house or creating with food (the two industries I have known for the last 27 years), every day is a new way to be creative and challenged. Every day I would have to execute the perfect project (someone’s cabinets, their birthday cake, the master bathroom finishes, a batch of quadruple chocolate chunk cookies with coconut and almonds…) and every day would bring about a new possibility for greatness. Ma’an – there is nothing like a customer who sees their kitchen for the first time and it is BETTER than they had invented or the smile in someone’s heart because you made them a batch of their favorite treats!

See that’s what I do. I know PEOPLE! I get PEOPLE! No, I mean TRULY GET THEM! So that’s what I need to do. I need to be in leadership positions where I can enroll people. I need to be the voice of someone’s business and show ‘em what we’ve got! I need to be the Queen Communicator for a great employer – the face of the company.

'Cuz that’s what I do - amazingly well. And people will be amazed that they were taken care of ……so well!

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