Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: SM Minute: Time Out A lesson in Confidence
SM Minute: Time Out A lesson in Confidence
Wed, 14 Apr 1999 17:43:45 -0400
I thought that this might make a good SM Minute.
He was the president of a major advertising firm and I
was a very young management consultant. I had been
recommended to him by one of his employees who had seen my
work and thought I had something to offer. I was nervous. At
that stage in my career, it wasn't very often that I got to
talk to the president of a company.
The appointment was at 10:00 a.m., for one hour. I
arrived early. Promptly at 10, I was ushered into a large
and airy room, with furniture upholstered in bright yellow.
He had his shirtsleeves rolled up and a mean look on
"You've only got 20 minutes," he barked.
I sat there, not saying a word.
"I said, you've only got 20 minutes."
Again, not a word.
"Your time's ticking away. Why aren't you saying
"They're my 20 minutes," I replied. "I can do whatever
I want with them."
He burst into laughter.
We then spoke for an hour and a half. I got the job.
By Martin Rutte
from Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work
Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maida
Rogerson, Martin Rutte & Tim Clauss