As an independent consultant, there have been times when I’ve been asked to step into the role of an interim leader while the company tries to find a permanent person to fill the position. For the most part I’ve loved it; but there’s been a challenge or two along the way.

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For one interim position, I was selected specifically because I was black; now there’s a switch! The top finance guy was a bully who did some unethical things that I’m not going to mention. He was fighting the union that represented the people who were reporting to me, and every employee except one was black. The union rep told them not to help me in any way but to do their jobs; that was unpleasant.
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I had a phone call to make about something that was embarrassing for me. It was so embarrassing that I actually put it off for three months; now that’s embarrassment. I kept wondering what the person on the other end would say, and how they would react. My mind kept seeing and hearing all these bad things, and I knew I was going to be trapped into something I wasn’t ready to deal with.

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Luckily, I’m the type who will finally reach a limit and take charge of my responsibilities. When it pertains to business, I almost never have any reservations in doing what needs to be done. When it’s personal, well, suffice it to say that I’ve had four girlfriends in my life (married the last one) and every one of them asked me out first… and broke up with me first. 🙂
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Sometimes being a consultant is a lot of fun.

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Once I was working on a consulting assignment out of my home area, interim in a leadership position. I hadn’t been there long, but early on I seemed to be making an imprint on the local community; at least as far as the people I was working with were saying.
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I once had a question to ask of a website that I had an account with. Actually, it was for some money I was owed, earnings of a sort. I had looked all over the website and couldn’t find a phone number or an email address. When I finally found it by going to the search engine and looking up that specific phrase, I wrote the company asking them where my award was.

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good hotel customer service

It took them 3 weeks to respond to an email, which I waited for because I felt it was substantial enough, and had actually written twice more. Eventually I did get the money I had won, but I left the site and never went back because, in my eyes, their credibility was gone.
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If you read my blog often enough, you know that I strongly subscribe to 3 moral positions: loyalty, trustworthiness, and honesty… in that order. I believe that’s how you need to be with your friends, with your co-workers, and as much as possible with everyone else you meet throughout your life. I keep finding out how much my friends can, and have, protected me in my life, and it shows just how much people will give back to you what you’ve given to them.

Protect me! 🙂

When I was in college, the second half of my freshman year, I had a major crush on a young lady. That crush lasted for almost a year and a half. I got a little bit of reciprocity back initially, but by the second year things started changing. I knew they were changing, but I didn’t know why. At some point all of us know the signs when a relationship isn’t going to go where you might hope it will.
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