Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Making A Mark

tdmtrip5 I suffered a decade in medical devices between 1991 and 2001 before coming to my senses and giving up any hope that something good could come from that experience. From there, I went from unemployed to part-time employed and full-time self-employed to full-time college instructor over the last dozen years.

One of the reasons I failed miserable in medical devices is that I was completely unable to make any sort of identifiable difference in the way either of my two employers did business. That never happened to me before. Even at the two Misfortune 500 companies where I’d been employed before medical devices, I’d been able to make a dent in the places.  American medicine, however, is a different, much less ethical, largely inflexible, massively incompetent business and there is no place for creative thinking. Sad, but true.

One of the things that I’ve loved about working for a music college is that there are signs all over the place that I’ve been there:

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If for no other reason, the school’s acoustic treatments reflect what I’ve taught and recommended in nearly every classroom and practice room of the school. I, clearly, was there.


Anonymous said...

You made a dent for sure. People are talking all over the school about how much the place will change now that your gone.

Anonymous said...

Kyle T here, Tom. The semester hasn't started and we're already missing you.

Thomas Day said...

Thanks for the kind comments. A good bit of the changing happened a few years ago, I'm just the latest in the series: Michael, Scott J, Rob, Scott M, Sheldon K, and me. The only constant is change.

I do miss a lot of you, though. Come hang out anytime this summer. I'll burn something on the grill. I'm really getting into being retired.

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