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Last Place? Doesn’t Matter.

As the debate rages on about the PASS election I want to share my thoughts about being a candidate that was eliminated and the fact that scores were released to the public.

First I want to thank everyone who has supported me both publicly and privately throughout the election process.  I had support and advice from many members of the community and it is appreciated and I hope to continue working with you.

This year’s election process is the first where the applicants’ scores and applications have been released to the public which I believe is the right thing to do.  Here are the links to the scores:

Honestly, it stinks to see my scores at or near the bottom.  Obviously being one of two interviewees to not be recommended, I knew I didn’t have high scores or a bunch of votes, but it would have been nice to have had a yes vote.  In the not too distant past, I would have been crushed by these results, but today I can say that I see this as an opportunity for professional growth.  These scores are guidance by seven intelligent and experienced professionals about areas where I can become a better leader.  How many people can say that they have that opportunity?

I’m a Bible believing Christian and try to live by the wisdom in the Bible.  Here are a couple of verses I read BEFORE the results were known:

“If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.”  Proverbs 15:31 NLT

“Valid criticism is as treasured by the one who heeds it as jewelry made from finest gold”  Proverbs 25:12 NLT

I think the scoring can be used constructively and is valid and I’d like to “at home among the wise” so I’m listening and trying to heed it.

So, in accordance with this attitude, I have reached out to members of the NomCom for advice about what I can do to improve my scores and make it through the next time (if there is one).  If you are a member of the NomCom and I did not contact you, feel free to contact me if you have anything you’d like to tell me.

When I consider who the other applicants were, I feel a bit like an Olympic athlete who trains hard and wants to win, but also realizes that it is an honor to be a part of the Olympics.  Two years ago, no one knew who I was and I had no desire to be a leader.  Now I’m disappointed because I didn’t make the cut to have a chance to be in a formal leadership position.  Fortunately as Seth Godin said in Tribes, (paraphrased by me) leadership isn’t about position, it’s about passion.  I didn’t get the position this year, but I still have the passion.  So I won’t be retreating, I’ll be advancing. 


Posted by Steve Jones on 23 August 2010

Good for you, Jack, and a great way to look at things.

Posted by Jeffrey Yao on 23 August 2010

Great post, Jack, and your attitude is inspiring.

Posted by Jack Corbett on 23 August 2010


Thanks for the positive comment and all your support throughout the process.

Posted by Jack Corbett on 23 August 2010


Thanks for you kind words.  I just figure at the point my career is at there really isn't another way to look at it.

Also, I'm attempting to be more positive in my perspective on all things in life.  This is hard for me to do because I have a natural inclination towards negativity and cynicism, but I am making progress.

Posted by Tim Mitchell on 23 August 2010

Keep the faith, amigo.  Thanks for putting yourself out there - it's a tough thing to voluntarily submit to be judged by your peers.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 23 August 2010

Good Jack.  I think you did well for your first attempt, and you probably learned quite a bit along the way.

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