Leadership Point of View
Timothy R. Throne
The difference between a job and a career is that a job is task-oriented whereas a career is built on relationships. Don’t confuse getting a new job with moving your current job tasks to a new organization. Many people think that performing their duties at a new organization will somehow make their jobs more fulfilling. People who build careers have a different perspective on work and therefore, the relationships that I build add to my market value. Job-focused people wish their jobs were easier; career-focused people work at learning and making themselves better. One of the main reasons I have moved from one organization to another is because I have felt that I had stopped learning. The question is not “What are you getting out of your job?” but “What are you becoming because of it?” I would never want to take a job just to earn a living but rather build a career and earn a fortune (R. Holley, Computer Reseller News, February 10, 1997).
Whether for a department or entire company, I believe that the leader needs to be the number one learner and number one teacher.
Many years ago when my two oldest boys came to me and asked me how to teach them Texas Hold’em poker, I thought that I would be teaching them some math skills like odds, patterns, ratios, and the dangers of gambling. However, I was the one who learned the lesson. Late one night while watching an interview with a past champion, she explained that there are two and only two types of Texas Hold’em players in the world: those that play to last and those that play to win. Looking back on my career, I realized there are also two types of leaders and therefore, cultures of organizations: those that play to last and those that play to win.
I am a leader who plays to win.