Years ago as the CTO of Raindance, I reluctantly, along with the rest of the management team underwent assessments by an industrial psychologist. This is not uncommon among larger companies and one of our major investors was all about it to determine how compatible the management team was with each other. Special note: if you're doing one of these, you probably aren't compatible as a management team J
The result of that assessment was a report that each executive was given. It's about 20 pages of stuff about your psyche. I tested mine by giving it to Lura to read. She, laughed and said, "Yeah, that's dead on". While I take exception with parts of it, I too believe it's a fair assessment of my likely behavior and motivations - at least in a business scenario. My take away is a sentence in the report that both makes me laugh and bums me out. "Todd has a unique ability to understand everyone's position around the table, he just doesn't always care". I guess I translate this to the ability to empathize just not always sympathize.
I got news this week about a friend that I have known for a long time and some career changes ahead for him. Strangely (for me) it really rocked me. Not because of the change, these changes happen all the time, but rather the way it kept entering my mind. I have a weird corner of my psyche that I don't think the assessment found. I am a hopeless romantic when it comes to people with an enduring work ethic. I have a fundamental belief that if you work hard, good things will happen. Of course, it's hard to boil things down to that, we all know someone who puts in the hours but for one reason or another, the magic just isn't there. I can't and don't have the perspective to make an assessment of circumstances, but I do know that person has always been a huge supporter to me and a great resource.
At the end of the day, Stuff happens to Good people. Something else I have picked up in my life, every time I thought I was faced with a setback – I was way better off 3 years later. I have a feeling this is one of those situations for my friend.