Allow me to introduce myself – My name is Terry McClallen, I am the Director of Operations for Integrity Data. From time to time I will be submitting short articles about working in corporate America. The intent is to inform, entertain, and possibly cause us to think (a little). 

I will not try to sell you something or promote products and services; as a matter of fact, my opinions and musings do not represent those of Integrity Data or its owner. I will simply put down my thoughts on various business topics ranging from personnel management to industry trends. 

As I submit articles based on my experience, I truly hope they may be of value to some, because in our day to day work life, experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it. In reading these articles, you will be gaining access to years of research. remember, to steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research. I have accumulated years of experiences, as well as done some deep “research.”

For example, how many have heard of Murphy’s Law? Generally, it states that “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” For some, Mr. Murphy is an occasional visitor, for others he seems to be a close relative who has moved in. We have acknowledged the reality of Murphy’s Law for so long, we have expanded the precept to very specific descriptions.

For instance:

  • The Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you will have to go to the restroom.

  • The Law of Probability: The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

  • The Law of Biomechanics: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

I bet you have many more, many based on the reality of experience. 

Not too long ago we engaged a consultant to help us with our management skills. In preparation we were asked to answer some questions. The first question was, “What are the three most positive experiences of your life?” As I thought about all my life’s experiences and recorded the three that had the most positive impact on my life, I came to a stark realization. Two of the three experiences were not really positive when they were happening! 

Example: the family grocery retail business my parents owned had failed and my parents filed for bankruptcy. Not pleasant at the time, but it got me out of grocery retail, which opened the door to other opportunities, which culminated in working for Integrity Data.  When Murphy visits it is not pleasant, but the results of working through challenges may be positive. I use what I learned during my tenure in retail grocery on a daily basis and am thankful for the experience. It was a building block in my professional advancement. Sometimes the hardest lessons are the most valuable. 

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston Churchill

What is your mind set when you encounter Mr. Murphy?