Expect the Unexpected

Posted by Kate Potters, COO, Glenmont Group

A freak snow storm, an earthquake, and Hurricane Irene have recently rocked the
NY Metro area. Some things are in our control and others are not. Managers
change, companies are bought, the economy tanks, and life goes on. I have found
that it’s not so much the bad things that happen that make life difficult, we eventually
come to terms with them, it’s the initial shock and the effort it takes to make
necessary changes in order to adapt to the new reality that’s painful. And to
further prove my point, as I’m writing this, one of my Directors came in to
tell me his brand new computer died. It’s nothing we planned on, but we can
handle it. He called our IT technician and decided it was best to work from
home the rest of the afternoon. I admire people who have the ability to manage,
even when bad things happen unexpectedly.

Every day I speak to people who are unhappy in their work life or who have recently
been let go. I’ve noticed that if they’ve lost their job and saw it coming,
they have a much easier time and are more proactive and effective in their job
search than people who never saw it coming. After Steve Jobs passed away, I was
surprised to learn that he was fired from Apple, a company he founded. What did
he do? He started Pixar. It really made me stop and think about how devastating
that must have been for him and what an amazingly resilient person he was.
Maybe he saw it coming or maybe he just learned along the way that in life it’s
much easier when we expect the unexpected and get on with it.


Glenmont Group is a boutique search firm that concentrates on Professional Services, with a focus in the Legal & Content space. Because we are a highly focused boutique firm, we offer expertise in the industry that other search firms cannot. Our staff has been trained on, employed in or consulted for these industries so there is no learning curve. This means that you will not see resumes off of "job boards" that seem to have little or no connection to the position you are trying to fill. In fact, just the opposite is true. Our process includes a competitive analysis that identifies the top candidates in your given field. At Glenmont Group, we strive to develop and maintain long-term professional relationships with our clients. We believe in a business relationship based on hard work, cooperation, integrity, trust and a sense of humor. We are also active members in our industries by working on or with the Executive board of our industry trade organizations such as; IQPC, EDRM, LMA, PMA, ALSM, ALA, AIIM, ARMA. This assures constant access to a network of those highest quality candidates who are involved in these organizations.

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