Week 240 in Detroit. The most you can hope for in a given week is bringing all your skills and experience to bear…and proceeding. This week we were conducting interviews for our Summer interns. An amazing group of young people from across the country. I thoroughly enjoyed each meeting. In one interview I was asked “what do you love about your job?” A good question. I remember being on the other side of the interview. Answering what I was looking for in a job or a career, I settled on a go-to response, “I want to have to bring all my skills and experience to bear every day.” Gag.
What a pretentious, naïve answer.
So it goes with the privilege to overthink everything.
At the same time, this week was a genuine test. One of the highlights of my year has been developing a strategic partnership with one of the most innovative companies ever and a team of people that I really enjoy working with each day. That partnership is in the final stages of evaluation and soon to be finalized! Yet, the partnership process was not without the time, effort, energy and strategy that felt, at times, twice as hard as the work we’d be doing in the partnership itself. It will be worth it.
Similarly, my team is taking on big challenges and tackling big obstacles. The time required to empower their execution is significant.
It will be worth it.
So I did end up needing to rely on my skills, experience and patience this week.
What are you working on this week and how do you know it’s worth it?
Fight on and good luck!
Innovation: Detroit Foundation Hotel turned the empty hotel rooms into private dining suites. In a creative, elegant solution to the pandemic’s restriction, the Detroit Foundation Hotel a renovated firehouse in downtown Detroit opened the unused hotel rooms into safe, private dining rooms. Simple, easy to understand, easy to execute and, while not as lucrative (I’m guessing) as full dining service, it should be encouraged and…