(Part 1 of Many) This post will most likely be the first of a plethora regarding the talent of my coworkers.
Partner reviews are always an interesting event. The underlings get to meet with lifers-individuals who have survived the gauntlet and have willingly chosen to make this their career. These meetings give you a chance to prove yourself to the leaders of the firm and, in most cases, you get to observe these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. One might have the privilege of witnessing them grazing, or perhaps “multi-tasking”. But in a few truly magical moments, you are able to see the partners candidly, in all their splendor. Such an instance happened in my recent review meeting. I watched as the partner frantically searched for his good pen. I figured he was signing some sort of important document that would be included in the permanent file (which no one would most likely ever look at over the next 7 years, after which it would go to file heaven).
At last, the elusive fancy pen was found! That important document could be signed by an equally significant writing utensil! However, much to my dismay (and entertainment), there was no document to be signed. Instead, he had scoured his office for the pen in order to color in the “bubbles” on the meeting agenda while the manager attempted to stay focused. Perhaps, this is the type of behavior that comes after 10+ years at an accounting firm. My take- coloring the bubbles on that agenda was far more interesting than the information in the agenda. He silently confirmed everything I’ve thought and felt for the past three years. I guess it doesn’t get better as you progress.