How did I get to where I am today? It really was a very logical progression and I am now doing the best of was I did in previous careers.
I started my career out of college on the Sears executive training program. The purpose of the program was management development to be an eventual VP. It worked on a good principle which is now endorsed by the Center for Creative Leadership. Creating leaders is 70% challenging assignments. After my training in New Brunswick I was assigned as manager of boys wear in Huntington Long Island. I learned so much about merchandising more by making mistakes my first year. After 2 1/2 years I was promoted to another assignment that involved inventory management for a group of stores. Then 2 1/2 years after that I became Personnel Manager of the White Plains NY store. Here again I made plenty of mistakes my first year. Point is I learned from those challenging assignments and they shaped me. After 10 years with Sears it was time to leave.
I took a job at a high end wholesaler of home fashions. They had great growth and they needed personnel (now HR) processes. I had great success there over many years. I was their HR guru. After 2000 the business model was declining and I left. I held a number of other short term HR assignment until I became Chief HR Officer of the Briad Restaurant Group.
This is a picture taken at a TGI Friday's Conference in Las Vegas in 2007 with my two HR directors and my two management recruiters. This was another challenging assigment with not nearly as many mistakes because of the great team you see here.
Enter great recession 2008! I left Briad and was ready to have my own business which I have had since 2009. I work on leadership development, strategic focus and planning, employee engagement, and customer loyalty. My previous experience led me here but, of course, I continue to learn and aquire new tools.
This has been my entry into Jeff Dowler, CRS 's challange In My Past Life I...