The other day, an old friend was touting my availability around where she works. Which was kind of her. Among other things, she made a point of calling me an "iconoclast", something she thought would be an asset to a company about to embark on major cultural change.
This reminded me of an incident from my past. A conversation with my boss when I worked for a large Insurance Company many years ago. Dressing me down over something or other, he sighed and said, "Gary, the trouble is you're a bit of a maverick." It was obviously meant as career-ending feedback but I have to admit I found it quite flattering.
At lunch I recounted the conversation to a few of my peers. One of them burst out laughing. "Yeah, that's right. I mean look at your employment record. 12 years. One Insurance Company. Some maverick."
A self-employed training consultant muses on the world of work.