A CEO in the wrong bucket is still in the wrong bucket
November 08th, 2005 - 10 Comments
Corporations use all kinds of big phrases to obfuscate what they’re saying. Things like “that’s a good kludge” and “let’s grab the low-hanging fruit” are common around offices everywhere.
But surely one of the worst words ever created–and I do mean created–is “bucketize.” Companies and employees often say things like “What bucket do we put that in?” or “Let’s bucketize these 4 options.”
Usually I laugh behind their backs, but today I decided to use it in a little example. If you read the chat I posted about my friend, you’ll remember that she talked about an administrative job that paid relatively well but was still an administrative job.
Friend: i wouldve jumped at this fucking easy ass job
Friend: but i thought
Friend: no where will this get me after a year or two
Friend: i will have learned nothing new
I think this is a pretty important point: If you’re in the wrong bucket–even if you’re the head honcho–you’re still in the wrong bucket.
When I was doing recruiting a couple of years ago, I got an offer to work at a hedge fund. The people were great (that’s the only reason I escalated the interview), the position was cool with lots of responsibility, and the money was good. But you know what?
Even if I was the best at it, or even if I made tons of money, I’d still be limited to the financial world. And that’s not what I wanted. Even if I were CEO, it would be the entirely wrong domain for me.
So I think that when making a decision, my friend’s point about looking ahead is pretty important. What will happen in 2 years or 5 years? Even if your career has been stratospherically successful, will it be the right bucket?
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