Of course she did, I thought. She was starring in a show, a show about her.
One approach is to be reactive, to sit where you’re supposed to sit, have your CV appear just so, wear what you’re supposed to wear and answer each and every question in the safe and secure way.
The other approach is to put on a show. To be in charge, to lead.
When you go to Market Theatre in Johannesburg or State Theatre in Pretoria, the producers don’t ask you what sort of lights you want, what kind of story line you want to see and how long the show should be. They put on their show. If you don’t like it, that’s fine. Plenty of other people do. As a result, they win.
They get to do their work, their way. And they profit from their confidence.
Some bosses don’t want to hire people who have a vision, a personality and a shtick. That’s okay. You don’t want to work for them anyway.