I want more every day. Single Throw gives me more. Every day.
Pros: The workload is always creatively and intellectually demanding.
Cons: Never enough creatively and intellectually demanding workload.
I have dug ditches - proudly. I have cleaned gutters - proudly. I have waited tables - proudly. I followed - proudly and have led the charge - proudly.
I have done it.
I have earned a pittance and I have earned bucket loads.
I have succeeded triumphantly and failed miserably. And each experience, good and bad, has been an irreplaceable character-building endeavor because I want life to be a teacher.
Currently I work for Single Throw in a leadership capacity. As someone intimately familiar with what it is to work for thankless people and organizations, I can testify (as perhaps few others can) to the joy it is to work for this company. I can actually make a fairly strong argument, based upon my wealth of life and professional experiences, that Single Throw is the most satisfying business environment I have ever had the good fortune to work within. But I want to tell you why I feel this way, so you don't merely take my trite clichés at face-value.
The people I answer to expect extraordinary things from me. And well, why on Earth would I want to surround myself with people who want less? Why would I be satisfied to work for an organization that would accept par output from me? What would it say about the company's character if it accepted ordinary from its people?
Leadership never asks anything of me that falls outside my capabilities. And thankfully they also ask me to step outside my comfort zones, so that I remain sufficiently challenged. When I get it right, I am celebrated and rewarded enthusiastically. And when I happen to get it wrong -- and I do -- leadership – more... is there to constructively explain my error, the reach of its consequences on our ability to service the client and what needs doing to eliminate the mistake. In the 1.5 years I have been with Single Throw, leadership has reliably provided me a working environment that is demanding, yet fulfilling, and largely because it honors my intelligence with steadily challenging workload, tasks and projects.
Mentoring is never packaged inside finger-wagging rituals. Role-playing exercises and almost constant exploration into how we can improve comprise the mile markers of a typical day. Personnel are happy, supportive and ready to collaborate at a moment's notice.
But make no mistake: you will earn your chevrons through the many chances given to you to navigate complex situations. You will learn every day, sometimes at break-neck speeds. I have been given plenty of opportunities to shine (or fail) and all I ask of Single Throw in return is a chance to matter, a chance to confront circumstances that predictably call upon me to do something special with my career. And they do. Daily. But let's be clear: what I have done with those opportunities has always been entirely mine to decide.
I suppose I'm saying that if you want to blend in, punch a clock and submit pedestrian output, look to a potential employer that believes in you a whole heck of a lot less than Single Throw believes in its personnel. Because at Single Throw, the demands of the day directly reflect how deeply Single Throw believes in my ability to meet and exceed those demands. If you want to work where the rigors of your job are a daily manifestation of your employer's respect for your talents, submit an application.
There is an ocean of employers that don't have faith in me to do the amazing. Single Throw simply cannot be counted among them.
I have worked hard and smart and Single Throw has rewarded me.
I like to tell people this of Single Throw: all working here does is shine a light on what you already were before you joined the company: if you are astonishing, Single Throw will know it and act accordingly. If you're not astonishing, perhaps you will stand out in ways you'd just assume you didn't.
I've worked in the most hostile environments, as well as the most satisfying. I rank Single Throw among the most satisfying. And I'm certain I've earned the right to speak on matters of career and employer happiness. – less