Randy Komisar worked for 11 companies in 25 years and he noted that the person who wants to be successful, should not be career oriented but rather make decisions based on the friendship and intuition. Today he is the virtual CEO and helps several companies to develop their strategy. He has everything he wants in the job and has got it only because he was not career-oriented. His multiple career changes provide the valuable lessons not only to the graduate but also to the mature individual being in the middle of his career development. Komisar advises to answer the following to questions prior to starting the new job: “What do you love to do?” and “How do you want to live?” The answers to both questions will help the person to decide what he needs to be happy and not be influenced by what society prescribes as the trappings of success.
Komisar’s story teaches to act in accordance to intuition, to be success-oriented rather than career-oriented. Randy advises to act only the way the heart whispers and be led by the passion. The passion-driven employments are never boring and it is good for the companies to have the person who is there because he likes his job (Komisar 2000). Work is not only about climbing the career ladder, it should be part of the life; career goals should be integrated into personal goals. Interestingly, it appears the Randy has repeated the life of his father, however, with some improvements. His father started many little ventures and when he got tired of each he left them to wither. Randy did the same but on the higher corporate level – he risked and searched for purely “his” work.
Main’s Element in Randy’s Works
If to read thoroughly the descriptions of all Randy’s works, it appears that he was looking for three elements in each: interest in the area, level of independence and good mentor. He teaches to risk in every move and even if there is little chance for success but there is the passion for the company, the offer should not be rejected. He applied to the companies he was not skilled and educated for. At the beginning of his career development, he was rejected, however, twenty years later he was headhunted for leading positions. One of the most important lessons is being open for the new opportunities and seeking the job which satisfies the person and brings enjoyment.
Most of Komisar’s moves took place because he failed to find enjoyment and personal satisfaction. He refers to his move from Apple to Claris as the best career choice. He accepted the risky offer only because he was inspired with the atmosphere, open company and wealth of opportunities. He grabbed every other function and job that was not taken or promised. He was initiative and wiling to contribute; he was success-oriented and did not care about the title written on the business card. Some of this career moves were formal, others were highly informal. In the case with Claris, he had only three minute conversation with Bill Campbell and was hired. This employment has changed Randy’s perception of work: before he was focused on the jobs and at Claris he realized the importance of finding the talented mentor who was willing to invest time and effort to develop the person as the businessman and as the individual (Komisar 2000). The bad thing about this move was that the company did not survive long and was unable to generate funds necessary for functioning. Randy’s dream work ended soon after start.
The worst career move (in the words of Randy) was to Crystal Dynamics. Randy was tired of the previous employment which did not bring any enjoyment and limited his independent thinking and decision making. He was promised much but felt no passion for that business. He wanted to transform the company, but had no opportunity. It is possible to say that this employment was the mistake, however, there is also the positive moment – Randy realized that he is able to make his choice and it is time for him to decide what he wants to do and whom to be. He decided not to accept the opportunities he was not interested in. In addition, at Crystal he gained valuable knowledge about the industry and management. His multiple employments provided him with the skills and knowledge virtually in every business field and made him the knowledge leader, manager and mentor.
It is hard to say which situations could be improved. In all of his employments, Komisar performed his best; he contributed all of his efforts and struggled to improve overall performance of every company he worked for. He assumed risk and listened to his heart. He changed his employments because he felt that he did not what he wanted to do. There was no unity between his work and life, as if he was divided. His current employment as the adviser and consultant meets his needs – he has the freedom to decide which company to work with and, more importantly, he has enough time to enjoy the life opportunities.
Randy Komisar did not miss any opportunity the life offered and he had three completely opposite occupations at the same time. He teaches not to be afraid of the job because every employment helps to gain new knowledge and increase the expertise. His story undermines many theories based on the assumption that career growth and financial gains are the chief motivators. Personal development and self-actualization were the central driving forces for him. Moreover, he believes that job will bring satisfaction only if it is driven by these forces. Of course, Randy’s experience cannot be referred to as the model of perfect career; however, his story is an excellent example of what is the dream work.
Komisar, R. (2000). Goodbye Career, Hello Success. Harvard Business Review, pp. 5-12.