I had a cool discussion with two fascinating people on a flight out of San Jose, to Las Vegas on Friday night. On one side was a VP of Marketing for a mid-sized company, on the other side was a junior at a local college.
I was telling the VP of Marketing that I didn’t think I’d be able to have any loyalty towards any company I worked for… you know, after getting laid off it is very difficult to “trust” again. He said “sure you will have loyalty. But you’ll be cautiously optimistic.“
I don’t mean to beat a dead horse about getting voted off the island where I worked, but experiences like that stay with you for a very long time. And I’m not alone (check out the amazing comments on my Depression Clouds Everything post).
But I’ve felt bad about perhaps not having the same enthusiasm, passion and dedication towards a future employer.
When this VP phrased it as “cautiously optimistic,” that really resonated with me. Now, with this new phrase, I can go back to an employer and give them all I have to give, do an excellent job, work for the common goals of the team or department, etc. I’ll put in the Jason Alba work ethic, for sure.
All with a new understanding of employee loyalty, which is the old way of saying “cautious optimism.”