Why was I dreaming of weddings? Because I’m thinking about a new commitment. I am working on two new job opportunities. I may have a third in the works, but for now these are the two on my radar. Granted I have more conversations and negotiations before a decision by all parties will be rendered, but I have two that are occupying my thoughts.
They are the same, but different. The companies have the resources I need, an office that is close to my home and people that, at first glance, would be a good fit ethically (a big deal for me).
One (let’s call it OppA) requires that I give up one aspect of my business. This aspect is one that my business coach believes I excel in. The other (OppB) will not only let me keep that aspect, but will potentially help grow it even more.
Before you say, “Maggie, it’s obvious that OppB should be your first choice”, it’s not that simple.
OppB requires one of the partners to do some significant rainmaking with me to develop the new business. This partner, who is very well-connected, is also semi-retired. Is she willing to jump back in? If she isn’t, then I don’t want to go there. It’s could be that simple.
Also, the managing partner is pretty black & white — he doesn’t see a lot of gray and sometimes I have difficulty with people who strictly follow rules. I see rules as guidelines and that doesn’t go to well with some. I’m not saying I would do anything illegal or morally wrong, I just don’t believe certain commitments are necessary in certain circumstances. I can’t really go into more detail on this one, but he made a comment at lunch that made me flinch because I am guilty of the very thing he was bashing…..
And this guy is very vanilla. He doesn’t really drink, watches his diet, and is happily married to a college sweetheart. I like that, but it also contributes to some of his narrow-mindness. I certainly have broadened my thinking since my divorce, so I tend to think he just hasn’t had some of the life experiences that create more empathy. He reminds me in some ways of my old boss that I just left. Very straight and narrow. My business coach likes him a lot, and that does help because she talks to him regularly and knows how his mind works.
We are scheduled to have lunch with the semi-retired partner probably after Thanksgiving. That will give me time to check out OppA and see if it is even a viable option.
OppA is an international firm that has a very narrow niche in my profession. They are very professional and have the reputation of being the absolute best in this niche. I have to admit, it puts pressure on me to be my very best. Do I want this pressure? It depends.
I like the local folks. I worked with one of them and we sat on a board together. He is adorable and well-loved by all. I don’t know the other partner well, but we sat together at a luncheon and gabbed endlessly which lead to this opportunity. I checked her out with my homies because we worked in different parts of town and never crossed paths. She is also well-respected. She’s got a great resume. Mine isn’t too shabby, but she’s got more awards than me (better PR firm- LOL).
One thing that weighed on my mind with OppA is the question of where my profession is headed due to the major shifts technology is bringing to many. This OppA has such a niche that the impact would potentially reverberate more with them than others. How are they planning for it? I stalked their website and industry articles about them. They just finished one big change which will help, but what else are they doing?
I called a GF from my days with the big corporate giant. I’ve been helping her as she launches her own consulting firm. She’s great and immediately connected me with another corporate giant refugee who now works for OppA. He’s a heavy-hitter and he immediately took my call to chat about the company. He’s working with both the local folks, so I know that word may trickle back to them that I’m already doing my due diligence. That’s fine. I’ve got nothing to hide.
The other interesting thing about OppA is that they need me. They need someone with my experience because they have work to be done, but not enough depth to execute it effectively. It’s 2-3 senior people and several rookies. Only one of the senior people does specifically what I do, so they do need to shore up their bench. They lost a senior person over the summer.
Actually the local office underwent a huge upheaval a couple of years ago when the entire local team (except that one senior guy) sold out to a big corporate giant. The company has been re-building down here ever since. That happened to OppA several times resulting in a massive restructuring to lessen the brain drain. I get it. When folks are approaching retirement, it’s easier to cash out by selling out and putting a few transition years before riding off into the sunset with barrels of cash….
In my world, these big transitions create opportunities for others like me. Plus OppA will push me to be better. Be better in business development. Be better in business execution. Be better in time management. Be better in mentoring and developing new talent. Can I handle that pressure? I like to say yes if the pressure is positive and not a dragon breathing down my neck. I could have a partnership path.
OppB would also allow for some similar profit-sharing opportunities, but not ownership. I like the people of OppA better at this time. I am slightly concerned about the cultural fit of OppB.
This is a big deal because the plan for both would be to secure the position, sign the contracts and make the switch by January 1st. That’s only seven weeks away folks and with the holidays, time is short. I don’t need to rush it, but starting 2019 at the new job would be the easiest shift from an accounting standpoint.
Stand by, I meet with OppA late this week and this will tell me if they really want to consider marriage or am I putting the wedding before an actual proposal.
Which road do I pick? Photo by Vladislav Babienko on Unsplash