Going away parties

Moving 180 miles or so south, from a small town in Northern Michigan to Detroit, gave me the chance to observe a popular phenomenon during my personal DetroiterMorphosis process.

 Before starting the smoothie process, pick the right ingredients!

One big thing that well characterizes this country – USA – is the immensity of the job opportunities you can have access to if – if the education program you went through allows it.

In a place where the biggest depressions started – in a place where they try to convince you that the financial crisis is long-gone, you can find yourself happily settled in a place until – until they make you “An offer you can’t refuse.”

Nowadays, bright people study ways to flip old habits into revolutionary web platforms: visionary people take those unimaginative and obsolete ways to reach the world and turn them into online community platforms – the results of mashing-up old and brand new systems helps Human Resources Departments all over the world have access to a bigger number of professionals.

Today the right resource you’re looking for might be living on the other side of the planet or just three desks away from you. Businesses don’t have to accept a mediocre resource to fill a position anymore; businesses can choose the best from the best, thanks to special IT codes written to help them find key human assets and add them to their teams.

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 “For every single positive change in the world, it automatically creates a negative one.” – Or that’s what I perceive sometimes when I dig in deeply to study those changes…

 Now prepare the smoothie!

 The winner of this game is sadly the part that should interest us less: “The offer you can’t refuse.” (Did you hear the echo?) It doesn’t matter how well established you can be in a place and how happy you could be with your job but – but out there might be a better company with better benefits, higher pay or situated in a nicer place to live (maybe overlooking a lake or the Ocean). If the global economy is somehow on a positive equilibrium pushing the GDP’s graphics of success up high, it is because they have a better access to brighter professionals – professionals that most of the time have to renounce and abandon…

 Enjoy your smoothie!

The loser of the game is that guy or gal who has to renounce or abandon. Out of the blue, once accepting the new position that requires leaving town, they will have to share the news with family and friends. All of a sudden they decided to leave (family and friends should come first).

Call them greedy or selfish but you will only understand the moment somebody will give you that famous “offer”.

Human kind has a huge gene: Become great, famous, and happy without being worried about tomorrow. All these personal goals are hard to achieve without resorting to sacrifices:

Your best running bud will have to call somebody else from now on – The yoga gal will feel awkward asking the older lady from the same Yin Yoga class, to have a couple of wine bottles together, because you left – It will take a long time till your Softball team will finally replace you with another great member…

Have some leftovers of that smoothie!

 Another big thing that I was exposed to during my DetroiterMorphosis was closely related to the moving factor: Going away parties

Going away parties are those parties where you do have fun but it also leaves you with a big amount of bitterness. Going away parties are the parties you put together for your friends or relatives with the hope your friendship will continue to be as strong…

Going away parties are the rupture point of a series of hundreds of memories with your best/good friends/relatives. After that you start looking for another best bud that you never wanted to replace – The same one that introduced you first to the amazing world of smoothies.

One day in the heart of General Motors

“Oh babe, you will love it!”

This was the phrase my wife used to convince me to spend a day in the heart of General Motors’ headquarters, “l’imponente” GMRENCEN – Since Italy is well known for majestic architectural masterpieces with thousands of years of history, I decided to use an Italian word to properly describe one of the top 10 Detroit Architectural Masterpieces’ The Renaissance Center.

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To be honest it didn’t take too much to like it! Two things I noticed straight away once I put my foot in the building, was hope and safety.

I thought about the word hope because somebody, far from us, from behind a desk welcomed us with a simple and short “Good morning!” That simple GOOD MORNING can change somebody’s day. A simple word may be worth more than gold especially when you’re in a vulnerable moment of your life.

…And safety. Sadly Detroit is very sensitive when we talk about Safety. One big thing when you inform friends and family that you’re about to move to Detroit – they will tell you about the dangers of the Motor City. One thing that I will always say is: “The wiser you are, the safer you are.“ Once in the GMRENCEN, all my worries and concerns about public safety vanished. I spent my whole day without worries. I even left my computer bag on the coffee shop chair while in the restroom.

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Once the day was over, I realized that the two things I noticed first thing in the morning were not just a temporary appearance; officers are in each corner of the building, dog squads, you name it; and people know how to offer a cordial smile or how to pronounce words like thank you and please.

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From a security point of view (based on my personal criteria), GMRENCEN has a 9 out of 10.

Going back to how majestic this place looks, miles away, from north, south, east or west, first thing you will notice is the place where Detroit started over:

 

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After a whole day spent in this miracle of modernistic architecture, I realized one important thing: You can spend a whole day without being worried about the outside world. Hungry? There’s a food quarter. Tired? There’s the second tallest hotel in the world with amazing views on each side. Need a Workout? There’s even a Gym. Enjoy shopping? No problem, they have plenty of shops. Need a job? Kidding? You could work for one of the most solid companies in the United States – GM.

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There is a bank – a daycare center in the building – good coffee – music playing in the background…and why not, I want to keep writing: they have an impressive view over the Detroit River for Vitamin D lovers – a pharmacy, and if you put the right offer on the table, you could buy one of the cars they have in their exhibit. There are even trees growing indoors. That’s how huge this place is.

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After my very first day in the heart of the place where people create ways to Find New Roads, all I can say is that I had a really great experience. GMRENCEN is definitely a place I would love to return to continue to find my inspiration.

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My wife was right, I love it!