There have been many occasions in a working environment where I’ve been put in situations that I cannot fully understand the work at hand. It was in these circumstances that I really understood people’s true personalities and values; those who took time out of their own busy schedule to lend a hand, compared to those whose focus was on their own careers, which put them in a slightly different spotlight.
The biggest surprise for me is witnessing first hand the dog-eat-dog world within a working environment. Not going into specific details, as personal goals are definitely healthy for any individual, but when it comes at a cost to another individual in a way that could be avoided – it just isn’t worth the knock on your own conscience!
These experiences have both hurt me in the short run but also opened my eyes in the long run in ways I would’ve never imagined when it comes to the sort of environment I want to work and live my life in. Within my first weeks at the big four firm (Company 4), the individuals who either provided their assistance without a second thought, or interacted with me in a non-work conversation – I knew I would maintain these strong bonds in the long run.
A partner at this firm who always comes to mind – on the very first working day he popped by my desk, learnt my name (and has never forgotten it once – especially for such a full name as long as mine!) and had a wonderful, totally non-work related conversation. This was strangely the most memorable and happiest interaction with a new colleague I’ve ever had. This is because I felt his ‘human side’ straight away instead of a ‘robotic, working side’ from the very first day. This not only helped me understand the people I want to work with, but also the type of individuals who I wanted leading, teaching and mentoring me.
LIFE GOAL 1: As soon as I experienced this encounter, the real lesson I wanted to learn was how to become a successful individual like him from a career perspective, but more importantly how he maintained the ability to grow his ‘human side’ to all his employees – the real meaning of success!
Not only this partner but there were numerous other colleagues who were similar, in particular within my own client teams! However there were also a lot who were not and that’s just something out of my control. But what was in my control is who I chose to aspire to and those whose personalities who I did not want rubbing off on me – I guess this was the benefit of working in a large organisation.
I’ve talked about the individuals who have taught me a lot about the real meaning of success, however in my next blog I will talk more about the reason for leaving this role for my current role.
I was in a very comfortable environment so why did I leave? Because that was the problem…