In late 2007 I was enticed back into a corporation after 25 years as a consultant. Into a bank known for its culture and its focus on Service Service Service. Then it was taken over by a bank with a prideful culture known for Sales Sales Sales.
I hated it and couldn’t wait to get the hell out of there. Been gone 12 years this month.
Expect that. Have a Plan B and C and D and … if you can.
Not everyone can have a realistic and feasible escape plan.
I was asked to join this bank and implement my Curriculum Architecture Design efforts by an L&D leader with good intentions. Then they left as the stuff began to hit the fan, so to speak, with the financial meltdown of late 2008 here in the USA.
I thought I’d see what the next regime was all about. I’d gotten off the consultant merry-go-round as the travel was getting tiresome.
I really like the first regime – as it was all about Service to the customers – with the belief that Sales would follow. I was to have a staff of 85 and own curriculum architecture and then development and some of deployment.
The second regime was all about Sales – in any way – by hook or crook – that they could ring up. The customers and their needs be damned.
They wanted me to stay on – with promises about the second assignment in a year or two – after a new one that was being proposed/pitched/sold to me as the next assignment – from my new boss who was already 4 years into a 2-year job rotation. I didn’t buy it. But I needed to wait until they offered me The Package – The Parachute.
Then that all got dragged out, as they sweetened the offer (in their minds, not mine) a few times.
Sales often feels like manipulation – especially when it’s not in your best interest. Especially if you’ve been there before. Especially when the writing is clearly written on the walls.
And take a look around now and know your path to the nearest exit door should an emergency occur.