For the past 10 days I’ve shared the top things I learned during 2011… from our December e-newsletter. Number one focuses on an organization that’s doing good things. (Remember, there are still a few hours remaining to make a donation and get that year-end tax deduction!):
Helping Others – Finally, if you’re looking to support a worthy cause at year-end, consider Helen Keller International, which operates in 22 countries and puts 85% of donations to work for those in need. Founded nearly 100 years ago by its famous namesake, HKI seeks ‘to combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition.’ A $25 contribution will provide prescription glasses for a child. Blessed by your generous gift of vision that youngster might grow up to impact the world.
Over the last year I worked to develop a relationship with a large company in the transportation industry. This included starting over midway through when the person who oversees their coaching practice left the organization. Several months after that setback I had a terrific conversation with the new director. Finally, on her recommendation, I interviewed with two HR specialists to become part of their stable of coaches. I waited patiently as two weeks passed without hearing a word. Then I received an email informing me they selected someone else.
As the disappointment set in that I wouldn’t be coaching their senior leaders, I felt the dejection of rejection. It’s not a feeling I enjoy, and it’s one reason being a salesperson will never be in my career plans. I moped around for about an hour, went outside for some fresh air and about every 30 minutes until bedtime kept falling back into wondering what went wrong.
The next morning I woke up refreshed and with a new attitude. While I could have sat around feeling sorry for myself – ‘How could they not choose me?’ – that would have only wasted time. It wouldn’t have changed anything.
Then wisdom arrived: This was not about me being qualified or talented enough to coach their leaders; it was about the decision-maker selecting what is best – from her perspective – for their organization. My role in the process was to be authentic. I did my part. She did hers. This time there wasn’t alignment. Tomorrow will be another opportunity with another organization. I’m ready.