Monthly Archives: September 2011

Welcome to Fall in D.C…

I have lots of news to report. We just officially relocated to this area. We sold our Sunriver dream home, and said goodbye to our dear friends. Opportunity — as well as shorter winters — called us to the East Coast.

Tan_Oak_small_frontDuring the transition from Oregon to Virginia, we had to consolidate, pack, ship, and purge. It felt cumbersome at times–but in the end, we streamlined our home base and gave away the detritus that had lost their meaning and value.

Close your eyes

You can close your eyes, It's alright

I don't know no love songs

and I can't sing the blues anymore

But I can sing this song

You can sing this song, when I'm gone

–James Taylor, "Close Your Eyes"

In the Spring of 2001, I closed my eyes and enjoyed the long descent down the World Trade Center elevator. The whirring sound of the wind tunnel felt as exciting as an amusement park ride.

During that ride, I felt privileged to have completed a consulting assignment with OppenheimerFunds. Their headquarters office was situated in Two World Trade Center. Then-President Jim Ruff was one of those clients who really wanted our project team to succeed. 

Twin towers photo
photo courtesy of Steve Berry photos

I dropped by a World Trade Center boutique, treated myself to a new silk skirt, returned to my hotel, and planned my return flight home to San Diego. Little did I know what events would soon unfold.

One of my close friends provides image consulting and communications training to corporations and professionals in career transition. She regularly receives calls from low level corporate gatekeepers in Human Resources, Finance, Training, and other non-revenue producing areas. They ask for proposals for training programs, and never expect to get into any conversation about their business with my friends. All they want is that proposal to prove they did their due diligence.

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These gatekeepers are doing what they do best: saving their company money and treating vendors like commodities….

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