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    Work, life and things in between – Day 71 – Take a closer look!

    That night I attended a conference from the Vancouver Senior HR Leadership forum. This is a group of mostly senior Executives getting together 8 times a year to discuss topics of interest. These are senior, senior people. These are 35th floor, escort required, boardroom spectaculars kind of folks. Their office is where you would like to live and the bathrooms are so inviting you could consider spending the night there. These are the folks everyone dreams to connect with when I am in my career transition classes.

    That night I was with them, the way I used to.  Nowhere do I feel the pull and tear of my inner turmoil between the Corporate world and my own enterprise more than at these meetings. I can feel it in my bones.

    I want in and at the same time  I don’t.  . A part of me wanted back into that arena so bad that night, it was puzzling me.

    Had I already forgotten the drill? Did I not remember how from the moment I left home and stepped into the cab I was pulled into that vortex and went from the airport to the plane, then somewhere in transit, at the hotel, at work,  at breakfast, lunch and dinner with colleagues, going from meetings to meetings?  And then first thing I knew I was back at the airport and on that plane again?  … and of course, in the midst of all this, the ever present, always ticking blackberry?

    Never a moment to catch my breath.

    How quickly we forget!

    Despite all this though, I found myself wondering. What if someone just tapped me on the shoulder and said “We have a job for you”. Would I be able to say no if I did not think I wanted this? How can you not want this? Isn’t this what a career is all about? Making it to the top?

    And then I think that sometimes wearing your head higher than your heart may not serve you well.

    Taking the time to look closer at the real picture and being aware that pride is seldom a good mentor will serve you better! To day 72.

    The photograph is courtesy of Philippe Trepanier.

     

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