As I flew across Canada today, I asked myself, “Why do I love my job so much?”. In a word it has to be diversity. The people I meet and work with, the clients, the crisis, the opportunities are many and varied. I started off the week in Ottawa preparing to present our 2011 business plan to Hill & Knowlton’s new Executive Chairman, Jack Martin. The presentation to Jack and my management team went well and I am confident that we will have a good plan again for next year.
During the middle of all this, I was consulting with stakeholders on the new foreign investment guidelines that the federal government hopes to bring down in the near future. In the wake of Potash, there is a lot of uncertainty and I feel that Hill & Knowlton is in a fairly unique position to share our learnings about the process and make suggestions about improvements. These will give greater comfort about investor undertakings and confidence that Canada remains one of the most open places in the world to invest. It is a needle that it is difficult to thread but that’s what makes politics so interesting.
Yesterday I was in Montreal participating in Québec’s annual talent review. We have a strong team of professionals under able leadership. Like any quality service company we need to assure that our team’s professional development is job 1 for us.
Today, I have just landed in Vancouver to participate in the opening of HP’s first retail location in North America. HP has been one of Hill & Knowlton Canada’s largest clients for almost a decade. It is really exciting to see HP launch such a groundbreaking initiative here in Canada.
Of course, my day is filled with many interesting calls, client business, staff meetings and I hope the successful recruitment of a potential employee we are quite high on. Some wonder how and why I have stuck with consulting for so long. Well now you know. It is the diversity of everything I do.
Authored by: Mike Coates