I had the privilege to welcome a networking dinner for alumni and managers at Harbinger Group earlier this month. The place where this meet-up occurred was the lawns of YASHADA, a prestigious administrative training institute for government officers. Interestingly, I lived in a house right there on the campus a quarter century back, and so, it was the birthplace of Harbinger Group as well.
Image: Harbinger Alumni Meet 2015
As alumni started streaming in to join their hosts, conversation flowed and old memories of working together were rekindled. I have often wondered what it means to people to be Harbinger alum. Without any direct experience, of course, I offer these hypotheses:
- First and foremost, it is a shared experience: a place and time in our youth. For many people, Harbinger was a time during their formative years, when they lived and worked with intensity, made their mistakes, and learned a lot.
- It also means a commitment to certain professional values: strong business ethics, customer-centricity, continuous learning, gender diversity, and innovation. Harbinger was a place that shaped many of us, honing our professional skills, workplace behaviors and ethical values.
One of the alums summed this up well: I owe my professional career to this company. Another one said, it is such a wonderful idea to bring alums together! And then, as has happened many times before, others chimed in: why did we not do this before?
See you at a future event. Stay tuned.