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Joe Stanganelli

"Where do you see yourself in five years?"

This is a question that commonly comes up in job interviews -- and the presumed right answer is some variation of "working for you, but with more skill sets."

The arbitrariness of the five-year mark aside (or is it arbitrary? HR researchers? your thoughts?), how many non-self-employed people do you know have stayed with their same employer for five ye...ars or longer?

I'm not being rhetorical. I genuinely want to know. What's the longest you've stayed at a company? Why? Why (if ever) did you leave?

Sure, there are certain sectors that generally lend themselves to low turnover. Education, "BigLaw," medical practice, government, VC-funded startups, and even certain unionized trades. There are even a few particular privately-held companies outside of these sectors that stand out in this regard. But in most of the business world today, rare is the non-CEO who stays with the same company for longer than, say, three consecutive years. The days of working your way up from the mailroom to Chairman of the Board are pretty much long gone.

There is a conference I have been attending for a few years now. One of the speakers last year on a particular panel had been with the same company (a major pharmaceutical) for well over a dozen years. It was clear that he knew what he was talking about, but his careful presentation, despite a few interesting points, was mostly dull (and even, I daresay, cynical).

This year, his presentation was full of life and pop. When he spoke, he carried the unbridled exuberance of a five-year-old talking about rocket ships. His presentation had very little polish (an uncharitable person might even characterize it as "not professional"), but it was fascinating; he held the room's attention throughout. It was no surprise that, at the subsequent breakout session, there was not enough room at the (very large) table to accommodate everyone who wanted to speak with and listen to him.

It turns out that less than six months before this year's conference, he had finally changed jobs to another company.

I've never been a big believer in change for change's sake. And I don't know what the next 5 years -- let alone 12 -- holds in store for this man. But perhaps there is something to be said for change sometimes.

I don't know.

So where do you see yourself in five years?

(x-posted from FB)
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So, in case you haven't noticed, I'd kind of abandoned Google+ for a while.

Did I miss anything?

No.  Good.

Anyway, if you're genuinely interested in what I'm up to, you should really be connecting with me on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.  But if enough of you care about both and me and this platform enough, maybe I'll try to start posting here again.
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You have two cows.

If you're Google, you milk one cow every day for steady production value. You perform genetic reengineering experiments on the other cow until you have a supercow that can produce twice as much milk, cure cancer, and allow people to "+1" your cancer cure.

If you're Yahoo!, you pack the cows in close quarters and mistreat them until they get fed up and leave to start their own farm. Their new farm is more successful than yours is. You buy the new farm and several other farms, and slaughter all of the cows.

New by me on +Internet Evolution, a case in point.
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Surreal.  Someone on Twitter tried to pursue a "You're wrong and this book proves it because it's a book and it's written by someone who wrote a book" argument with me today.

(No, this didn't stem from a religious discussion. Worse. It stemmed from a social media discussion.)
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In a Twitter chat the other day, I posted a link to a post I wrote on my personal blog nearly two years ago. The person I sent the link to -- more or less a total stranger -- said, "Yes know this post well[.]"
I haven't felt this famous since I was in high school and people in the corridors recognized me from one of the school musicals.
Incidentally, here's the post:
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I heard on the radio a few days ago that the most illegally downloaded TV show of 2012 was Game of Thrones.

The 2nd most?  Dexter.

Both shows had far more illegal downloaders than legal subscribers.
3rd most?  The Big Bang Theory.  But there were only about 3 million illegal downloads of that show compared to over 60 million people who viewed the show legally.  After all, you can watch the show for free on
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In a perfect storm of a blend of the worst aspects of social media and traditional news media, Ryan Lanza had to find out about the horrible thing his brother had done by being accused of it.

New this week by me on Internet Evolution.
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Case Study - n. A term marketers use to make anecdotal evidence seem more convincing.
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Ever wonder why a good social media policy is important?  Reed Hastings is finding out the hard way.

My newest on +Internet Evolution.
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Are most people trustworthy?

New research shows that no, they aren't. (At least, not cityfolk.)

Check out my new article today on Internet Evolution -- and secure the data on your cell phone!
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