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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Kool Aid Tastes Good

For those of you who don't know, Vonnie and I moved to Old Hickory the week before Christmas. So, after 4 1/2 years of supercommuting from Kentucky we're now Nashvillians. Why after all this time? Was it the promotion? Well, actually, we decided on the move and discussed it with the company a few weeks before the promotion. Was it that our house sold? Well, no, sadly our home in Russellville hasn't sold yet (but would make a nice home for someone so call me!). Truth is, after a couple of years on the fence we saw true and irrefutable evidence that this company is headed toward becoming the kind of place where you want to work for years. And, now that we're moving more toward good works in the world and lessening our emphasis on the uninspiring, "...and enhancing shareholder value" from our old mission statement, Vonnie and I believe this is a cause worth the next few years of our life.

Now, this is not a testimonial about Thomas Nelson (well, it's not just a testimonial) or a first-person account of our decision. The point I want to make to you, if you watch this blog for tips on the working life, is that I haven't felt this good in a long time. Too many of us ride the fence afraid to commit in today's corporate world. So many companies let you go for no good reason and/or place little value on long-term employment. But if you think the fence is any place to be, go literally sit on a fence and see how uncomfortable it becomes after a time. The figurative job or career fence is no more comfortable.

My advice to you is drink the Kool Aid here and go all in, or go find yourself an organization where you can. If you want to commit, or think you might but have questions or issues then come see me. Life is too short to ride the fence.