“You can always tell the character of someone by what they do when no one is looking”. I am not sure who said this first, but they were absolutely right. My recent experiences since I left Experian could have been a case study of this quote with a slight twist.
- How do we act when someone leaves the corporation? (Most of the time, we are thankful it is not us.)
- Do we call them and ask them how they are doing? (Seems as though the phone lines quit working between our cell phone and their’s. Real friends, though, some how make it through. One of my former colleagues hasn’t responded to me since I left Experian.)
- Do we offer to refer them on to our contacts and friends? (If you did this for me and others, you already know who you are. If you did not, shame on you.)
- Do we mention their name when we hear that a company is looking for a certain skill? (There are friends who do this, and it seems to be second nature to them.)
My eyes have been opened by my experiences, and I am more aware than ever before of the challenges when one is looking for an opportunity. Now that I am off to my next great adventure, I will repay the favors and friendship that were bestowed on me. After all, no one is looking.