– Attempting To Build a Career
During my years in education, when it came to career advice. The consistent message from everyone, everywhere was “Neil, build a career with a big blue-chip company, its the only way!”. So naturally I took everyones advice and joined German multi-national Henkel, to build a career.
It wasn’t a mistake. When I look back on the early years, they invested in me and I got a brilliant education. Eventually I would get to travel the world and experience the highs and lows of business with them.
Working in an highly competitive, blue-chip environment, also allowed me learn about the short comings of big business culture. I got to witness teams formed for creating race horses, produce camels. And oil tankers attempting to pivot quickly.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously.
To a great extent, I couldn’t stand the experience of; and being required to support, meaningless hypocrisy. From the baseless stories used to front products, policy and questionable decision making. Through to people with unhealthy job title obsession, always taking themselves a little too seriously. (I was one of them)
I especially didn’t like the use of jargon. People filling conversations with bullshit that they’d heard somewhere else and bringing zero value to the subject. However I thankfully learned a lot with Henkel, including plenty of things that I didn’t like about corporate environments. And especially the way they were run.