The Little Injun That Could

In 2000, I was victim of the Allied Signal-Honeywell merger. I was queen of corporate manufacturing, textiles, and chemicals, at a time when that was becoming synonymous with “offshoring.” Clearly it was time for a change – I needed smaller, more innovative environments. To me it was natural to use my engineering and business degrees to catapult myself into technology. I’m afraid the world wasn’t ready for that, though, because I was fastidiously told that it was too late to make a career change – imagine that!

It was ugly. I needed something new. So I explored and explored – non-profits, education, sports marketing – the list is endless. Guess where I ended up? In technology – ha! Yes, persistence and adaptability served me well. And after about four years of wide-ranging project work, I officially started my own business. My dad always said I should start my own business. How did he get so smart?!?

Guess what? We are again living in these times. There is no such thing as company or employee loyalty. There is no such thing as a secure job. These days it’s all about transition and innovation. We’re going to see lots of new ideas and lots of new businesses. Probably only 10% of them will survive long-term. But once you know how to play the game, you’ll be part of it. We all need to learn this lesson right now. Be open, be adaptable, work hard, be patient, learn as much as you can – especially in technology. The world is a smaller place, and we have a lot of competition. If you want to survive, which we all do, you don’t have much of a choice. And remember, we lead by example. Your adaptability and optimism will go a long way in influencing others and getting us back on the financial upswing that we’re used to.

All my best,

Aruna

The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher.

Chinese Proverb

 

  

 

 

 

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