I flew into Dallas on Tuesday and yesterday gave a presentation at PepsiCo's Talent Acquisition Meeting. It was one of those presentations where I've been talking for 5 minutes and then I get the signal that I only have 5 minutes left and I have no idea how I did. On this trip I also premedicated with Sudafed and Flonase so I may or not have been speaking faster than normal...or maybe slower? I don't know. Anyway, it was a good trip. And hopefully, after my presentation. there are some PepsiCo folks looking at this post.
To my regulars, I have to report that I did not see any "big hair". In the meeting room, my hair may have been the biggest (oh, durn you Texas humidity), but I tried to keep it under control. OK, I admit it, I am a big hair girl. Not helmety, but crazy and curly. It's easier to go with it than to fight it. But I didn't want to scare anyone. I forgot to pack a comb, and would you believe it didn't matter anyway?
We went to a Frisco Rough Riders Game the night I got there and I was really impressed with how sweet everyone from Pepsi is; bubbly even! Seriosuly...bubbly! And it did make me think that it's something in the soda.They are really eager and interested in learning and growing as an organization. That's really energizing to everyone around!
You know how, there are times in your professional career, no matter how junior or senior you are, where something changes and you are challenged to think differently, try new things? In those times, I take lots of notes and do lots of thinking and then not long after something becomes really clear to me; something that I am going to try or look into more deeply. Those are the times where I am most excited about my career and I'd like to think that they resulted in the kind of work that got me where I am; at home in my PJs catching up on mail? No, no, doing the kind of work that I really get excited about and it's my whole job, not just a side project. I actually remember when I figured it out; I was doing some side work during a slow period when I realized that the programs stuff I was doing wasn't just fun for me, it was the right thing for the company.It made sense and we needed this. I still love my job, what can I say?
Anyway, if I could offer some modest words of wisdom to the Pepsi folks just based on my own experiences. You saw a lot of new things in Dallas (I only saw a fraction of it). You may go back to your desk and feel overwhelmed; you are still processing the week you just had, pulling crumpled up boarding passes out of your bag (sound familiar Microsofties?). I'd say to pick one thing (just one) that you are going to try and make your own. Look at your strengths and pick the something that speaks to you. Then be fearless and rock it out.
If there are any potential Pepsi bloggers out there that want to ask me a question, feel free to do it here (fearless, remember?). I had a great time talking to all of you. And I still can't get this out of my head: "He's not just the AV-guy, he's our VP!" That was awesome, Paul. Thanks for the hospitality and active engagement, everyone!