This is a question that I often ask clients when they have attended my software training sessions. It’s an icebreaker, get’s people chatting, and give people a chance to talk about themselves, which everyone loves to do – don’t they?
I have had a varied career and one of my answers to the question is that I was a police officer in London’s Metropolitan Police Force. For many who hear this, it’s a profession that they haven’t often met before. If they have, it’s either because they were incredibly drunk outside a night club, or they have had that fateful knock at the door.
I loved the police. It taught me to be capable in any given situation. It trained me in leadership and decision-making, and it displayed the advantages of team work exceptionally. Having said that, I dealt with situations that the average person would hardly ever meet and some incidents were incredibly heart wrenching.
And then you got to see the ‘seedier’ side of life; the life of those who live alongside hardship; those who live with addictions; those who are victims.
What remains with me from those days is that there is always hope. It was often those who had nothing, or suffered much, that were the most generous and loyal people I met. They may not have appreciated police intervention but when treated like people rather than suspects, their response often changed.
So how would you answer the above question?
And what long-lasting lesson did you learn from your experience?
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