I don’t have sleeping problem. Even after a coffee at night I find no trouble to sleep afterward. Yet, I usually would have intermittent sleeps if my body intuitively feels something urgent coming in, i.e., like sms from my team, or friends’ calls, or clients’ calls.
So, last night I experienced it again. Around three in the morning I got a call through my cell phone. (Yeah, I usually don’t turn off my cell phone while I’m sleeping.) It’s from a number I didn’t have in my directory. I ignored it… thought if he/she finds it urgent they will call again or e-mail me. The phone kept ringing. It tempted me to push the reject button, but, well,… probably it’s important.
After a brief introduction, he got to the point: offering me a position in a bank. I asked him who gave him my contact details. He said a trusted source who knows me well and recommends me highly to him. Then, I told him to call me about five hours from now, because I’m not in Jakarta right now. He insisted that he needed me to hear what he’s going to offer. OK, let me hear what you have to offer.
Mission: Corporate culture change in a joint venture bank
Background: After monetary crisis in the late 90’s this bank went under IBRA (Indonesian Banking Restructuring Program) care for review and later on was put on bid for offer. Couple years before 2005 the mix of more than 50% of the share was dominated by banking and financial institutions in Asia and Europe. The BOD and BOC are dominated by the majority of shareholders, of course. Soon they realized that it’s very difficult to raise productivity and service quality in this bank. Too late to withdraw their investment. Banking is still one of industries with good profit margin. The organization is full of mediocre to poor talents. Not many employees are motivated to work. The good ones would soon leave after they got offer in other company – not necessarily better though. The exit interviews have one dominant message: change the working environment, so the average or poor performers don’t become an excess baggage for star performers; enforce reward and punishment; and give more opportunity and reward to star performers. (Sounds very familiar, huh.)
Package: I bit my lips. I couldn’t believe my ears!
(Hmm… I think I heard it before through another executive search agency. Don’t you think it’s strange? Offer it to me, a nobody in banking world? Are you kidding?)
I threw him every reason that there must be better candidate than me out there, like, “do you really think a person who’s not very talkative like me can be a change agent for corporate culture change mission?”, or “I don’t have any background in banking industry“, or “I may know a person with banking background that’s probably interested in this position“. Then, I said his client may need to hear a solution from my firm. Lho, kok malah jualan? *smile*
I told him that I need time to think and he can give me a call couple months from now if he still can’t find the candidate to which he said he’ll call me again next week.
“Stupid you, why don’t you take this opportunity?” my other self said. Well, I have a motto in the past ten or so years that I used to say to many of my friends when they face similar situation: if it’s yours, it’s yours, no matter what. It will come again if it’s really yours. Seperti jodoh dan rejeki, kagak bakal lari kemana.