This isn't a blog about me. A welcome relief for me and you I expect.
I thought I'd write about someone I've known for years. Let's call him Aladdin. That's not his real name of course but ever since I've known him he's been pushing boundaries and opening doors so it fits.
He's one of those people who always looks forward and wants things to change. And because of that he gets things done. He takes risks. He builds strong teams around him and he connects with people and connects people together. And people like that are worth their weight in gold.
He works in a relatively new area and has invested a huge amount of effort shaping it. And delivered. Delivered big. Delivered great reputational benefit. And real benefits to the organisation he is working for and to his customers and colleagues. Of course it's not just down to him, he has a great immediate and wider team around him but he's been a big part of creating that too.
I've met and connected with loads of people I wouldn't have if it hadn't been for him. And I know loads of my colleagues would have to say the same. He is generous with his connections and happy to share them.
He directs. And he steers. He guides and he uses vision. And he makes it interesting. And fun. And rewarding. And that's both motivational and inspirational. I'd always want to work on his team or have him on my team.
He's in a place at the moment where all that creativity. All those connections. All of that willingness to try things out and get things happening fits perfectly.
But..... it's a temporary job
And it might end.......
If it did. It would be a big loss. A really big loss.
For his Employees.
For his Employer.
And for those who he is connected too and who he has connected together.
If you know Aladdin then think what you wouldn't have if he wasn't there. Think about the connections you wouldn't have. Think of the things that wouldn't happen. Think of the things that won't happen. Think of the doors that wouldn't have been opened.
If you don't know him. Wouldn't you want an Aladdin on your team or in your network anyway?
Now I'm perfectly aware that my opinion probably holds little weight. But I wanted to say what it was. He didn't ask for a kind of reference. But I wrote it anyway.
I hope he gets what he wants.
He should. It's just a question of trust (and a few phone calls). It's also a question of where he can make the biggest difference. I think that's pretty clear.
If you've read any of my other ramblings you'll know I struggle with positivity. But this was easy to write, so I think that speaks volumes. I'll write something nice about you one day too, anonymously of course, if you deserve it.
I hope he isn't annoyed at me for writing this.
And wherever he ends up, I still won't expect him to ever buy me a pint.
Mr Paul Wyse