“As an engineer, people always told me who I had to work with,” says high school teacher and successful engineer, Jon Hickman. He was explaining that choosing your work partners can be a blessing… and a curse. “Sometimes you find out your best friend isn’t your best partner on the job.”
Recently, I visited the recruiting offices of CH Robinson in Eden Prairie, MN. This company is one of the world’s largest third party logistics providers, meaning they partner with companies to get products where they need to end up. At its core, this is trucking. Not exactly a sexy industry. And yet, the people I met had been with the company through acquisitions, recessions and the rest for eight, 10, 14 years and more. Collectively, that’s a lot of corporate brain power staying in one place for a long time.