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When I left college in 1984 I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do, but there were two things I was positive I would never do: go work for a big company, and stay with any one firm for a long time. So, I went to work at GE and stayed there for 31 years.
How did that happen? What kept me at GE for so long?
I've contemplated these questions my entire professional life and answered them out loud countless times when asked by an employee in a town hall, a candidate in an interview, or a student in a class I was speaking to. Yes, the chance to have impactful leadership roles in four completely different industries kept things fresh. I got to travel the world and see amazing things. All this stuff was great, don't get me wrong, but GE wasn't the only place you could get it.
What kept me there for three decades was the brilliant, talented, curious, ambitious, innovative, amazingly fun people I worked with. I felt this energy on my first day, my last day, and every day in between. The way we learned from each other. Inspired each other. Enjoyed each other. The relationships we built. The sense of purpose we shared. This was the currency that kept me at GE.