I was on the 22nd floor of a downtown skyscraper. Headquarters of a large financial business. Sitting in the boardroom with the company’s owner waiting for the division managers to arrive.
When they did the President introduced me to the rest of the people in the room told everyone why he had brought me in to help the company.
Each manager introduced themselves politely and I was about to start my presentation. Just then one of managers called out and said…
“Hey, do you have any experience in our industry?”
At that time I hadn’t. I’d worked with companies in over 21 industries at that point, but not pharmaceuticals.
I met eyes with the manager that had called me out and said, “No, I don’t. But that’s exactly why you need me here. Because I bring a fresh perspective to what you guys are doing.”
Clearly the status quo wasn’t working for this company.
If it was, they wouldn’t have brought me in.
My response seemed to please the manager and I went on with my presentation.
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