May 15; Real Growth Comes Outside A Comfort Zone;
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful


Chapter Five: Hiring; 15 May

He said to them,

“Go into all the world and

preach the gospel to all creation.”

Mark 16:15

Real Growth Comes Outside A Comfort Zone


“He would move to Pittsburgh?” #1 Big Boss said to Boss #2. “Hire him.”

And when would #1 Big Boss like to interview the candidate? wondered Boss #2.

“I don’t need to,” said the hurried decision maker, #1 Big Boss. “Any body who’s willing to move to Pittsburgh’s got the job…”

And so Your Business Professor, a few decades ago, fell into life-changing employment.

I was interviewing for a sales position with a medical device start-up venture for a territory based in Washington, DC. But another competing candidate beat me out for the slot (this happens a lot).

After getting the bad news, I later got a call from Boss #2 asking if I was interested in moving to the territory based in Western Pennsylvania.

I didn’t need to consider, I said ‘yes’ instantly. Boss #2 called back an hour later with an offer. I took it.

There are few instances of a single interview job campaign. Managers shouldn’t do it and applicants shouldn’t accept. Everyone should be wary of any company so desperate to hire on a one in-person impression. Or any job candidate who would accept.

But I was excited to take an equity position. And it was the late 1980’s and back then Pittsburgh was not a city anyone moved into. It was a compromise only a single man could make. I began to make plans to move.


The product was creating a new medical market that required a missionary zeal with extensive travel to preach its benefits. It was a sale that could only be made face-to-face in person. Few clinicians were going to buy the very expensive product from a sales brochure.

Most interesting career development job opportunities will involve travel and changing a home address. A key question for every hiring manager is to ask the applicant if s/he is willing to transfer, or move, or is open to relocation.

The correct answer for the job candidate is always ‘yes.’ How interested are you in the job? How committed is the job seeker? Even to move to the ends of the earth? To Pittsburgh?

Jesus gave the Great (travelling) Commission to his disciples in Mark 16:15, He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”


Being “open to relocation” got me a job and a wife. Charmaine and I were dating at the time and she kept refusing to marry me.

I did not consult her about moving out of town. I mean, goodness, she wasn’t in this decision loop–she had only ‘girlfriend’ status. I didn’t need her permission. If she wanted to really be consulted in life decisions she’d have to be a life partner. So there. Good-bye. (I was putting the ‘con’ back into conjugal…)

Jack & Charmaine

Jack & Charmaine

She reluctantly came around and she accepted the ring and we set the date.

As it happens, the candidate in DC turned the offer down and I got first right of refusal to remain in DC. I said yes; Charmaine said yes.

And so the fairy tale began.



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