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Dropping Keys

It’s the final day of JHC Anniversary Week.  Since I hung my own shingle four years ago, I’ve made it a practice to be a key dropper.  I drop keys in many ways, from my volunteer work in the community to my offer to help the people who cross my path.  If it’s helping people decide if this is the right time for a career change, I am game.  If it’s listening to an issue that they are having with a member of their team, I am here to help.  If it is trouble shooting a challenge they are having with a volunteer board, my ears are open.  And if someone is a former client of mine, my number is always theirs.  I tell my clients that I see their success and mine as intertwined and I want it to continue as a reflection of our work together.  My commitment in all of these scenarios is to do my best to listen and help you move forward.  If more is required, I’ll let you know if I can help and if I can’t help, I will recommend someone for you. Why do I share this with you?  I know that times are tough for many people.  I know that people are burnt out and concerned about the future.  I also know that many are being forced to consider their next chapter sooner than they had planned.  There is a beautiful offer going around on Linked In that says something like…”if we’ve worked together in the past and you’ve recently been laid off, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and see how I can help.  I might be able to put your in touch with a contact of mine, write a recommendation for you or just listen.”  This is the Jill Helmer version of that offer.  

I’ve recently joined CAPA PRO, an offering from the Table Group. As part of the membership, I participate in live events and listen to podcasts from one of my professional heroes, Patrick Lencioni. Pat and his team have inspired me throughout the pandemic with their generous acts of giving away content to improve the health of organizations and the people within them during this challenging time period. They have been, as the quote says, dropping keys. In my lifetime, I have been the rowdy prisoner, benefitting from the keys being dropped. And because others dropped keys for me, I am happy to do the same for others.  If I can ever drop a key for you, please let me know.


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