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I’m laughing right now … inside laughing … but none the less, laughing. As I have said before in previous posts, you gotta laugh, however that happens is totally up to you. You’re asking what the ‘sam hell’ this has to do with business so let me fill you in. Before I start however I am going to apologize right now for all of my previous posts and ALL that will follow in regards to my language. I AM going to swear occasionally, hopefully that doesn’t offend you. Truth is sometimes, colorful language just is the best way to phrase things. It doesn’t make me any less of a lady, and none the less professional. In reality, the ONLY reason I do swear, yes, sometimes like a sailor, is BECAUSE of the places I have worked. Where you are wondering? (Don’t lie I know you are!)
… With cops, in the building industry and last but not least, an office full of professional women. Not kidding. However, I digress…
So “eating rainbows and pooping butterflies”, anyone know where that line comes from? People with kids will, let me rephrase, people that watch movies WITH their kids will. It’s from “Horton Hears a Who” a classic Dr. Seuss by Blue Sky Films and Twentieth Century Fox from several years back. I must say I have always sat down with my bio-units (aka my children) and at least watched the first time they ever watched a movie. First of all to make sure it was a kid-compatible, and the other to catch all of the parental lines that film makers throw in their for adults that kids would NEVER get. It as always good for a chuckle. At the end of the day, it was bonding time and truthfully, the down time let me zone out. That’s one thing about getting down on the floor with kids to play or do their activities, it lets you get back down to basics, and you see things again through a child’s eyes which is amazing.
I’m not good at remembering lines from movies … or jokes (especially punch lines) for that matter and sometimes, I might not remember your name. (I’m good with faces though ha!) This is one line that I always have remembered and it’s been years since I’ve sat down and watched a children’s flick. It STILL makes me giggle, I have no idea why, maybe it’s the premise. Kids laugh their guts out because someone said poop, yes I know you’ve gone through that stage with your kids. It doesn’t end until way past when you think it might. (Get used to it) However, not why I like this line.
Business… what the hell does it have to do with business? Everything. Well at least in my world it does.
This morning I had a new client come in, we can coffee and chatted about what was going on in her life, she is trying to figure out her next move with her career. Absolutely lovely lady, adorable really! We talked about her resume initially, analyzed her skills, education and spoke about her work story. This part I’ve done a hundreds of times with potential employees and of course candidates looking for a change in their lives. Then… the “Charis” was released….weird talking about myself that way. (a friend coined that term yesterday, it kinda stuck) I started asking her questions about why she enjoyed each role, what her favorite things from her past were and we started weaving a new story. The difference is here that I listen…. And I listen VERY carefully to what people are telling me. I look at their body language; I see the things that make their face light up and happiness peek in where frustration might lay.
When we spoke about next steps, she asked me why she would have me create her resume rather than doing it herself, especially when it was she that experienced and lived it. It was a valid question. This is what I said:
“Yes, you did live your life and you did experience all of those things in your work life, however, what I see and what you see are two different things. You see if from the, these were my tasks point of view. I see it from the point of a leader, a recruiter and from a client’s perspective. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside, with fresh eyes, to look at the information and see the same information in a completely different way. I not only look at your resume with all of those hats on, but also as a someone that must market my clients in a way that the information is not only succinct but so that the reader is interested in hiring them. It’s still story telling in a way, just with facts. It’s about how you put it together and getting noticed.” She looked at me and agreed that yes that is completely valid, why? Because in the short time that we were together, we were able to decipher what she would really LOVE to focus on in the next part of her very exciting career. Let me say, it wasn’t what we started with.
This is where the “eating rainbows and pooping butterflies” comes in. When she left, she was beaming, she was excited, she was renewed. I think if we could coin how she might have felt right at that moment, she was all of a sudden “eating rainbows and pooping butterflies”. She hugged me when she left, she truly was bubbling.
This is where I was “eating rainbows and pooping butterflies”. I realized that I am here, doing what I’m supposed to be doing, helping people, on many different levels, I LOVE my job. When she left, I myself was beaming, ear to ear, how glorious a feeling it is too help someone else feel great about themselves and their future. My role is not only to help people transform their lives, as far as I know, it’s to hopefully cause a domino effect and make a difference in the lives of people that they themselves touch.
Sometimes in think in the rat race of life we forget about this aspect of people, of work, of life. It gets lost in the rat race of life and business, it gets lost when companies grow, it gets lost companies fail. To some people and in many companies it doesn’t make any difference if there are any rainbows or butterflies in any way shape or form. If there is, I sure would love to hear a shout out from any of you that read this about a company or a person that has taken their business to that level. Myself, I think that far exceeds making millions of dollars. (However, I wouldn’t turn that down if I felt I could do both)
So… thanks to all that take the time to read this today. I hope you’re “eating rainbows and pooping butterflies” too and if you’re not, I’m hoping that you want to.
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