He probably thought I was lucky to have breakfast with him. He made me sick - and a little disturbed that such an ego could exist.
As you can imagine, his transition was pretty painful (although he may not realise it given his ego). It was clear engagement of his staff dropped significantly and the organisation he was running lost his way.
I know feeling you are the ‘lucky one’ is not always easy. Sometimes the role, the country, might not be one you have sought. It might be difficult, a hardship posting.
But I think if you are to succeed– and even come to enjoy the experience – a change in attitude is needed.
I believe if you don’t feel you are lucky then you should probably find something, someone or a country where you do!
I once had a marketing colleague who didn’t feel lucky in the job he was doing and spent a couple of precious years ‘battling’ away. He eventually left.
When I caught up with him 12 months later he had found a logistics role where he felt he was the luckiest man in the world (and looked the part!).
Let me know if you think I am way off the mark, or if you have any similar experiences.
Tareq Mahmood is CEO Korea & MD GSG, IIB at ANZ