Way way back, a lot longer than I want to remember, I had a job interview at IBM. Actually in total I had four! After the third one they sent me off for a medical. When a friend asked me what the medical checked for, I replied:
“To see if I am IBM compatible!”
(it was funnier at the time).
Well after twenty three marvellous years with IBM, I am now happily working for a brand new employer (Actifio), alongside some of the smartest and most enthusiastic people I have ever known. And yet the force of habit is still with me.
When signing in a visitors register I still have to stop and think… it’s not IBM anymore.
When introducing myself and my employer, I still sometimes slip… and Big Blues name comes out.
I wonder how long it takes to truly re-program yourself?