Step By Step
Posted: Friday, October 7
Take ten seconds and dream like crazy. What’s the best possible outcome of your career choice? What acknowledgement would mean the world to you? What pay scale would allow you to provide for others in a life-changing way?
Now, take one step back. Just one. What is one step before your highest goal? If your dream is to be the CEO of Northwestern Mutual, then one step back might be working as the CFO of Northwestern Mutual. Sounds exciting.
One more step back please. For a CFO position you need some serious experience, and since all of this information is available at northwesternmutual.com, I’ll be specific. The current CFO has worked at Northwestern Mutual for 22 years. Before that, he was a lawyer here in Milwaukee.
Two thousand steps back please. Not working as a laywer, not law school . . . further back. Here we are: I’m pretty sure the CFO of Northwestern Mutual paid attention in 9th grade algebra. I know that’s probably 40 years back for the guy, but I still think it’s important. Here’s why:
If you don’t understand algebra, you won’t score well on the ACT which limits college admission which makes law school not a possibility which means passing the bar or being hired as a lawyer isn’t going to happen which means crossing over to finance law and executive leadership is completely sunk, and REALLY who’s going to hire a CEO without experience as a vice president? FOR REAL!