Yep, I did it. Bought a desk. Just think of it. A desk! I haven’t owned my own desk since I was in grade school. In fairness, it’s a different style of desk. The top lifts up and the underside of the “lid” is a white-board (I love a white-board). A desk…of my very own…in my house. I did it. A desk represents a place you have to be each day. A place where your purpose takes shape. The place I will most likely be when I set the course of my career.
This is meaningful. You see, over the past 25+ years I’ve been given a number of desks by my employers. Albeit with a very few companies, I’ve held many positions through acquisition and promotion. Some of those desks were great, not fancy, but great. Think of them as the “work place storage chests” of my career aspirations and dreams. I learned something at each desk, had highs and lows, and always welcomed the opportunity when my employer asked me to try out a new one.
I left the desk of the Senior Vice President of Operations at Trident University International on December 12, 2014. To be clear, it was a planned departure and I’ve very much enjoyed the past few months. I’ve enjoyed sleeping past 5:30 or 6:00 AM, the occasional nap, having a boxer and a bulldog as my coworkers, catching up on Top Gear, learning to paddle board, even trying my hand at a few domestic activities. It’s also been great to have the time to reconnect with many in my network as I’ve sought out my next, and hopefully last, employer provided desk. At this point I don’t know who owns the desk I’ll sit behind, nor do I know what state or city that desk currently sits in. I do know that the desk will be a part of an organization filled with energy and growth opportunity, smart and talented people sitting behind other desks, and a purpose driven mission.
Over the past few months I’ve been offered a desk or two. I could have done a great job bellied up to these center drawers, no doubt. In my heart of hearts, I knew these were not the right fit for me at this stage of my career. I’m fortunate enough, too, that I have a few other opportunities in the works. I’d welcome any contacts you feel might lead me to a team I can join and assist in their growth.
Those who know me know that I can’t be without purpose for any period of time. Thus, the first great venture undertaken at my new, very own desk is the formation of a consulting group:
PIHOL Group, Inc.
PIHOL is an acronym for Profit In His Own Land. I believe that the best ideas come from employees themselves, but are often overlooked due to the familiarity of the voice, or implemented by people too close to the situation to be objective. Sometimes a third party ear, voice, idea, and input can make all the difference. I’ve been there, I know I can help. I’m not doing this alone. I’ve partnered with two very talented people. Check out our bios and LinkedIn pages on our website. We’ve also brought in some crazy smart subject matter experts. We’re having a blast serving the corporate sector doing business as revgrowers, the higher-ed sector as edugrowers, and the not-for-profit sector as nfpgrowers. There are Infinite Possibilities with this group.
Working on and anxious to deliver on the promise of the PIHOL Group and looking forward to what’s next…if you need me, I’ll be at my desk.