Plymouth Rock, taken 11/23/2010
Cape Cod is probably the perfect place to spend Thanksgiving. Surrounded by all that history, it’s hard not to appreciate both the challenges faced in building a life in a foreign land and the importance of relationships and community. Two days ago I toured some of the most Thanksgiving-y sites in Massachusetts, including Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Rock, and the Mayflower II. Each stop was fascinating, no matter how you believe the first thanksgiving actually happened. Continue reading
Unfortunately, I’ve heard from a number of recent grads whose positions have been eliminated in the last month or so. While there are some signs that the economy is recovering, and here’s a particularly promising article about the increase in rail and truck shipping, reality still presents an ugly job market for lots of Millennials. Continue reading
Someone brought me coffee at work today–what a nice gesture! Now, sometime throughout the day or the week, I’ll do something nice for him. That’s how it works. And what I do for him might be a small favor like picking something up from the copier, but it might also be a larger favor like approving a trip or some professional development expenses. So for a minor investment of $3.50 and a little extra effort, he will probably benefit many times over.
My coworker, wittingly or not, employed an indirect method of influence this morning when he delivered my favorite beverage.
I was reminded tonight that sometimes what you take away from a meeting, a project, or a job isn’t only the new business process you delivered, and it isn’t just the new technology you implemented. It’s the relationships you cultivated.
Say you had a list of people who would go out of their way to work with you again. What if you added ten people to that list every year? What if you added twenty? Before long, you’d have dozens of willing recommendations and plenty of people ready to hire you if they could. Over the course of your career, that’s worth quite a lot. Maybe millions.
This struck me over drinks with coworkers tonight. No matter where any of us ends up, I will go out of my way to maintain these relationships. These are people I care about, and we’ll be connected for years. Fortunately for me, my job puts me in front of some of the neatest people I’ve met, and the best people I’ve ever worked with. What’s that worth? Probably more than I know.