October 29, 2010 5 Comments
Let me cut to the chase… We met the Board of Directors of our company this morning, which deserves another Holy Shirts and Pants (maybe even shoes). What an experience. To meet such smart, rich, powerful people. (Here is a link to their brief bios if you want to see who they are) The one quality that I saw consistently throughout speaking with all 13 of them was Passion. They all had such a passion and excitement for the company and it was extremely contagious. They talked so much about People and how they love to develop good people; how they know that they need great people to help the company grow to the next levels and that they are always looking for people to fill the ranks was enjoyable to hear and think about.
They are very down to earth people (even though they are worth Billions of dollars) and they were very interested in us and our thoughts (hopefully I didn’t say too many stupid things). Their thoughts on what we expect out of our “careers” was one of the things that I thought was good advice and cool to hear out of the mouths of the people who own the company you work for. Basically what they said is don’t worry about your career, they said all you have to worry about is delivering in your current position and we (we being them and senior mgmt) and your results will talk care of your careers. I think that is pretty sweet, since so many people put all kinds of time into worrying about what they should be doing so far down the road.
This was by far one of the coolest experiences I have ever had. What a group of guys. Peter Harf the Chairman actually studied abroad at Penn State for a year in 1969 (Joe Pa was coaching while we both went there), Paul Cornet was living in Wallingford, CT (my hometown) in 1986 when I was born (we just missed each other!) and Jorge Paulo played in Wimbledon and two Davis Cups. Those are some cool tidbits from the meeting and I am still trying to pull together everything everyone said (I should have recorded it with my Google smart phone).
By the way, I am back in St. Louis (staying at the sweet sweet Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End again). We got here Wednesday night and will be here until November 13th when it is back to Atlanta for a couple of weeks. So that’s all for now, maybe I will try to get some work done today instead of day dreaming about what is to come (take some of the Board’s advice). I hope all of you have a spooky Halloween weekend, don’t drink too much (maybe even be a DD for your friends, Now that’s cool) but make sure to cheer on Joe Pa and the boys tomorrow. Talk to you soon Chuckleheads.
This is a sign that I drive by everyday when driving to the St. Louis headquarters/brewery