Have you ever worked with a client for an extended period of time, and then after a 2+ year relationship you realize that you don’t understand what they really do day-to-day? After five years as the President of Business Development at Vector I experienced that realization for the first time on Sunday evening while watching ‘60 Minutes’ on CBS.
In my defense, this particular client 1) treats everything very confidentially for obvious reasons, and 2) works in a field that is way beyond my level of comprehension.
That said, I was sitting with my wife watching ‘60 Minutes’ on a Sunday night a few weeks ago when one of the segments turned out to be about our development client CERN. CERN is a multinational organization for Nuclear Research, comprised of the world’s leading engineers and physicists “probing the fundamental structure of the Universe”.
In the segment, Lesley Stahl was given a very exclusive tour of the CERN facility that shared images of the most impressive equipment and technology imaginable. Some of the projects they are currently working on were also explained in specific detail. I couldn’t understand the physics, but it was incredibly impressive nonetheless. To add, they interviewed our main point of contact with CERN. It turns out that he is not only a super nice guy but also a highly regarded physicist here in the US. Who knew?! Not me.
The moral of the story is that I regret not having a better understanding of this client since the inception of our business relationship, although I am happy that I stumbled across this segment and became better educated. I am also very proud of this client and very proud that we’ve done so much development work with them.
If you are interested, here is the segment as seen on ‘60 Minutes’: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/extra-dimensions-dark-matter-a-more-powerful-collider-hunts-for-clues/