Crappy Career Advice

I got some career advice a few weeks ago that…well, sucked. But it took me three weeks to figure it out. I was excitedly telling a high level HR person about my theories on corporate culture and engagement. As I talked I was pretty sure she couldn’t quiet the HR voice in her head reminding her of legal guidelines, corporate policies, and general HR practices that my theories were going against.

When I stopped talking long enough for her to interject she stated, “In order to be really successful with this culture and engagement stuff you’re going to have to change a 10,000 person company from a bad place to work to a great place to work.”

For three weeks I sort of freaked out. Not only do I not have experience transforming a crappy a 10,000 person into a great place but I’m positive that I don’t want to do that. I don’t like climbing through all of the bureaucratic red tape, convincing senior leadership to care about employees, and fighting against terrible HR policies that have been in place for a billion years.

What I like to do is help young companies shape their people strategy, give people-focused leaders tools to use as they grow, and coach leaders on how to advocate for their employees. The trend, I realized, is that I like helping young companies mature their people-strategy and the truth of it is that there are plenty of these companies out there that can use my help.

This video reminded me that plenty of smaller companies can use my advice and guidance. That’s where I’m going to focus my attention from now on.

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About Marisa

Marisa Keegan is a leadership coach, trainer, and HR consultant for quickly growing organizations who are passionate about strengthening their employees, their brand, and their culture. She has helped lead the HR, culture, and engagement initiatives at two nationally recognized great places to work; Rackspace as Culture Maven and Modea as Talent Manger. She is an author at Fistful of Talent and Culture Fanatics. Marisa has her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology and currently lives with her husband and twin boys in Richmond, Virginia.
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