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I was vying for a position in “corporate” that would round out my experience for something bigger later on. The manager who was interviewing me gave the most grueling interview I’d ever had. His intensity in interviews was the stuff of legends, and I wasn’t given a break.
It’s a familiar scene — a new leader makes their introductory remarks to the organization and emphasizes they have an open door policy. Having heard this from countless leaders, it has almost become an expectation — a strange rite of passage.
I attended a private school until the eighth grade. The only students were my brother and myself because we lived on a remote cattle ranch in Wyoming. The nearest town was 90 minutes, one-way, on a dirt road. There were no other kids to play with, so I played with trucks and dolls when I was young.