Lessons learned: Patience and Diplomacy
“If you choose your words as you choose your shoes then they would always be soft, comforting, supportive, and would always fit the occasion.” – Wyatt Allen
In 2003, I found myself at a critical career juncture. Frustrated with the ebbs and flows of entertainment HR, I told myself I would move into insurance claims. What was I thinking?
On the precipice of accepting an offer with a leading insurance company, I was offered a 30-day contract recruiting assignment at E! Entertainment. This, I thought, would be my last role before changing to a more stable industry. But I loved the work and I couldn’t see insurance claims being anywhere near as exciting. I made my desire to stay known and, with Uchenna’s support and advocacy, I ended up being converted to staff. I stayed at E! for 18 months before another buyout and – you guessed it – and another layoff.
I worked as a “Staffing Specialist” alongside Uchenna who held a Sr. Staffing Specialist title at the time. I remember taking notes feverishly in the first few months of working with Uchenna.