A week ago yesterday, I received a call from governor-elect Jared Polis.
He called to request I consider two positions in his administration.
It was an incredible honor, yet all of the events leading up to that moment almost didn’t happen.
In January of 2016 I was working for Arrow Electronics and received an email from our SVP of HR, Gretchen Zech.
When I opened it, I saw that the entire C-Suite was copied (this was about the time my heart stopped).
It was an email congratulating me on being nominated and chosen to participate in the inaugural class of a new leadership program through the state of Colorado called the Governor’s Fellowship Program.
By the fall of 2016, the program was in full effect, and I felt completely overwhelmed.
That spring I had been promoted to Director of Recruiting for N. America and was managing a $4.5M budget, had span of control of nearly 50 and was responsible for all hires in N. America, including contingent hiring.
In total I was overseeing over 2,200 hires annually.
I wanted to put my best food forward as a new Director.
This was a time at Arrow where the entire function of HR across N. America was undergoing a major restructure and things were changing and happening quickly, all due yesterday.
As I thought about everything happening across HR I felt I should quit the program so that I could focus on my new role and critical initiatives.
I that moment, I was about to choose the urgent over the important.
What needed to happen right now versus what I wanted most.
I decided to not quit, I doubled-down.
You see, in the fall of 2015 I made a choice to create my life intentionally.
I wanted new and unique experiences that would bring dimension and diversity to my career/life and allow me to positively impact the lives of others.
I completed the program and have since been on the selection committee for future cohorts.
The ripple effect of the program has been priceless and perfectly in line with my intention for life.
There is always going to be something else to do, a deadline to meet, an email to send.
Before you throw in the towel on something, consider if you are trading what you want now for what you want most.
If you don’t know what you want most, I extend you an invitation to have a life-changing conversation to explore that.
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