Tom Cairns

Archives

01 May - 31 May 2007
01 Jun - 30 Jun 2007
01 Jul - 31 Jul 2007
01 Aug - 31 Aug 2007
01 Sep - 30 Sep 2007
01 Oct - 31 Oct 2007
01 Nov - 30 Nov 2007
01 Dec - 31 Dec 2007
01 Jan - 31 Jan 2008
01 Feb - 28 Feb 2008
01 Apr - 30 Apr 2008
01 May - 31 May 2008
01 May - 31 May 2009
01 Jun - 30 Jun 2009
01 Jul - 31 Jul 2009
01 Aug - 31 Aug 2009
01 Sep - 30 Sep 2009
01 Oct - 31 Oct 2009
01 Nov - 30 Nov 2009
01 Dec - 31 Dec 2009
01 Jan - 31 Jan 2010
01 Feb - 28 Feb 2010
01 Mar - 31 Mar 2010
01 Apr - 30 Apr 2010
01 May - 31 May 2010
01 Jun - 30 Jun 2010
01 Jul - 31 Jul 2010
01 Aug - 31 Aug 2010
01 Sep - 30 Sep 2010
01 Oct - 31 Oct 2010
01 Nov - 30 Nov 2010
01 Dec - 31 Dec 2010
01 Jan - 31 Jan 2011
01 Feb - 28 Feb 2011
01 Mar - 31 Mar 2011
01 Apr - 30 Apr 2011
01 May - 31 May 2011
01 Jun - 30 Jun 2011
01 Jul - 31 Jul 2011
01 Aug - 31 Aug 2011
01 Oct - 31 Oct 2011
01 Dec - 31 Dec 2011
01 Aug - 31 Aug 2012

Search!

Last Comments

Stuff

Powered by Pivot - 1.40.3: 'Dreadwind' 
XML: RSS Feed 
XML: Atom Feed 
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Business blind dates

Wednesday 18 November 2009 at 3:44 pm

I walked into a restaurant for an early morning breakfast meeting.  The restaurant opened at 7:30am and there were five people already in the restaurant.  Almost simultaneously, they all looked up wondering if I was the one there to meet them.

I looked towards the table where I expected to see my friend.  He had a favorite table and there were two people sitting there but he was not one of them.  I then scanned the room trying not to make eye contact with the people who were still starring at me.  

My friend was not there so I decided to take a table and wait.  As I sat, another person came entered the restaurant and the starring began again.  He did not see who he was looking for so he took a table.  Seated at the table next to him was someone on his cell phone.  He then asked "are you so and so".  He responded yes.  The two then connected.

As I waited, I realized I was witnessing the business equivalent of a blind date.  I have had many such meetings throughout my career.  They have ranged from meeting with job candidates to meeting a new boss.  These meetings are normal occurrences and they are interesting rituals.  I don't know if there is another way to conduct business.  Los Angeles is a city where people want to be seen except of course, when they do not. 

View Thomas Cairns, D.B.A.'s profile on LinkedIn



Trackback link:

Please enable javascript to generate a trackback url