TIME OUT

TIME OUT

From Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work

Time Out

The present time has one advantage over every other—it is our own.

Charles C. Colton

He was the president of a major advertising firm and I was a very young management consultant. I had been recommended to him by one of his employees who had seen my work and thought I had something to offer. I was nervous. At that stage in my career, it wasn’t very often that I got to talk to the president of a company.

The appointment was at 10:00 A.M., for one hour. I arrived early. Promptly at 10, I was ushered into a large and airy room, with furniture upholstered in bright yellow.

He had his shirtsleeves rolled up and a mean look on his face.

“You’ve only got 20 minutes,” he barked.

I sat there, not saying a word.

“I said, you’ve only got 20 minutes.”

Again, not a word.

“Your time’s ticking away. Why aren’t you saying anything?”

“They’re my 20 minutes,” I replied. “I can do whatever I want with them.”

He burst into laughter.

We then spoke for an hour and a half. I got the job.

Martin Rutte

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