Monday, November 11, 2013

My Long Employment

Today I have been with my employer, Humana, for 28 years.  In many ways it seems like it was just yesterday when I starting working here.  In other ways it has been a long journey.  I have learned much, endured much, survived much, and grown much.  Most of my time has been in leadership roles.  I have supervised a variety of processes and hundreds, maybe millions, of people.  I have learned what I do well and what is best left to others.  More often than not being here has brought out the best in me.  I have learned I have some real strengths as well as some real weaknesses.  I have learned I am a natural leader that many people will follow even though I have little desire to be in charge of anything.  I have learned I am an off the chart introvert who hates to be in the spotlight and that my favorite role model is the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz.  I have learned that my greatest skill is dealing with people.  Along the way I have also discovered a gift for writing.  I don’t think I have changed Humana much although I have tried to change minds and hearts by raising people’s consciousness.  When I leave here in a few years I doubt if anyone remembers any of the work I did.  I hope, however, that people remember how I treated them.  I hope I have touched lives in a positive way.  I hope I have inspired people to do good and to always take the high road in their dealings with others.  If I have a legacy it is probably in all the things I have written and shared over the years.  I often cannot live up to my own expectations but the real me is best found in my written thoughts.  Twenty eight years is a long time to be anywhere but I am happy I have made it this long.  Humana has been good to me and I think I have also been good to Humana.  
 


1 comment:

sam goodman said...

I am glad you have had a good experience at Humana. I enjoyed working there until my fater-in-law got cancer and I couldn't work late because my wife was taking him to chemo. I was told I had "personal problems" and was fired. Well I've moved on but I often wonder how people can be like that...