Who’s that, some of you may ask? Well, let me take you back to my first experiences with the guy and then I’ll give you the “What’s In It for you” payout. In 2011, I was a new rookie blogger dying to get the attention of any HR…hell, anyone really. One sweet day, I came across the Twitter profile for this HR guy in St. Louis, named Dwane Lay. Immediately, I gravitated to him because his name is Dwane and my middle name is Dewanne, and he’s from the South so he’s got to be alright.
I monitored his social activity; read his blog, followed his followers and instantly I could tell he’s funny and engaging. What I quickly learned was that he is also extremely intelligent and savvy.
I’ll spend it up a bit; I connected with and asked him for a few minutes of his time to talk for a bit. He accepted. Dwane’s personality came shining through in our phone call, he was funny, smart and helpful. I liked him straight away, most people do.
Recently Dwane took a position with a HR software company, Dovetail Software, out of Texas. When I read about the career move, I wondered why. I was curious because Dwane had a nice cushy corporate executive level position in a stable traditional environment. When most people gain that type of position they never leave it. In fact the employer has to set the place on fire before they’d leave.
I called him up to talk about it and in true Dwane form he broke it down to me in simple SIX SIGMA Lean fashion. See it’s all about challenging yourself and looking for the best opportunity to match his bubbly character. Dwane is not a traditional guy, he’s confident and believes in his ability to be successful. He’s not your average guy. He loves numbers (who in HR loves numbers) and he wants to be excited. And check this out, he has a wife and kids too but he does not use them as an excuse.
When the Dovetail Software opportunity presented itself, I’m betting he was excited about the chance of doing something more aligned with his own creativity. Something a bit more challenging and that out-weighed the conservative approach.
Tuning into “WIIFY”
In life there is no reward without risk; push yourself. As they say in the casinos “Scared money doesn’t make money” you can’t be afraid to bet on yourself with your career. Sure you do your due diligence and mitigate your risk but you don’t let fear enter your decision making. Always look for new and exciting challenges. Don’t settle.
Who wants a passive career? Nobody that’s who. Playing it safe harms you and your career, makes you look lame. And that’s what I’ve learned from Dwane Lay.