The Phone Call That Changed My Life

by cv harquail on November 16, 2009

Dared by GaryVee, inspired by Dr.Bret and Dave Rendall, and zen-ed out by Jonathan Fields, I’m posting my first vlog. As writers know, although “the first draft is always the worst” that’s no reason not to write. Or to vlog. Or to pick up the phone and call the Executive Vice President. Which was what I did.

So here is the story of:

The Phone Call That Changed My Life from cv harquail on Vimeo.


Bret Simmons November 16, 2009 at 5:44 pm

YEA!!! Way to go, CV! You did a great job on this. Keep it up, don’t stop. You will learn and improve – and you KNOW that. Be aware that most people do NOT like to watch videos – yet. Don’t let that stop you. Get ahead of the crowd and stay there. Be encouraged! Bret
.-= Bret Simmons´s last blog ..The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Guest Post by Angie Chaplin =-.

cv November 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Hey Brett-
Thanks for the encouragement… I am still wondering the ‘best/better’ way to use video, not only what kind of content is the best fit for it, but also how to get around issues of scanability, searchability, and folks’ ability to take things away with them into Evernote. But we’ll all play with that and figure it out. I am wondering where else I can film to get some groovy backgrounds… no streams near me, though the Garden State Turnpike is not that far….we’ll see what I put up next week. cvh

Keith Stewart November 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Great video, CV. It’s interesting how the best qualification for a job is often enthusiasm, instead of past experience. Hope this is the first video of many to come!

Margaret Motamed November 17, 2009 at 3:09 am

Great story – inspiring. Thank you for sharing! Courage often comes to us from our friends… and I love that your enthusiasm was a key component of what worked.
.-= Margaret Motamed´s last blog ..Learning through games =-.

Graeme Martin November 17, 2009 at 3:14 am

You’re a natural, CV. As always, you provide some great ideas on blogging generally and with your content. I’ll suggest to some of my students that they have a look at your video for really good advice on progressing their careers
.-= Graeme Martin´s last blog ..Putting People Back into HR Strategy =-.

cv November 17, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Keith, I think that the Sales EVP was one of those leaders who knew it was all about selecting on values and then training for skills. What was neat was the next step, where I became a line manager in manufacturing to get a first hand view of what work system change was. And I learned enough in the next two years to fuel seven years of grad school, then teaching, now this.
It helped too that I was naive (an understatement). I had very little understanding of just how radical it was to do what I was going. Sometimes I think that if I’d been more savvy, I’d never have done it. But that’s a story for another vlog. < grin > cvh

cv November 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Maragaret, I’m so glad to find Agile Dreamer! [] Remembering that my teaching will always be deeper when I’m actively learning myself should keep me going… as well as the encouragement of friends. Thanks…. cvh

cv November 17, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Graeme, the idea that any student would look at my career path for ideas on “how” to do anything is frightening, to put it mildly. I feel more confident as an example of “why” — though I’m not sure I could articulate that. Will think on it. cvh

Bruce Lewin November 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm

What a great story 🙂

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