An old man sleeps with his conscience at night,
A young boy sleeps with his dreams.
It’s Friday night. I feel sad. I can’t say why really, just that feeling of melancholy that comes over people my age at times. Too many years, too many miles, too many things. Baggage, I guess.
I thought I’d check email one last time before turning in. That’s when I got the most incredible message.
The message began, “Over five years ago, I sought your help and advice.” The writer reminded me of the impossible situation she faced at the multinational corporation at which she was communication manager. She was trying to write a strategic communication plan for the organization. She wrote of how we worked through her problems, preparing her to face the corporate dragons.
It was one of those all-too-common corporate situations in which a communicator can fight the good fight only so far. If management won’t assist you or allow you access to information you need, then they prevent you from managing communication strategically. You can’t succeed in such an environment.
She left, severance package in hand. But soon her skills and abilities began to pay off. Opportunities came. Fast forward to now. She is in a good position where she is responsible for strategic communication with the full support of senior management and the board.
She has also been tasked with a much broader planning and management role, including taking the lead for special projects, other departments, and even teaching strategic communication planning within the organization. Her performance reviews cite her strength at thinking and acting strategically.
It made me so happy to hear this voice from the past tonight. Her story illustrates that we must prepare ourselves to think and manage communication strategically and fight the good fight. But sometimes, we must move on if our situation is impossible. She persevered, and tonight she shared her wonderful success story with me.
I’ll sleep happily now.