Keys gave way to keypads, key cards, proximity fobs and smart phones.
But the doors always opened.
Files moved from file cabinets, to fax machines, to email attachments to the Cloud.
But information was always available.
Typewriters and (some, but not all) adding machines were replaced by mini-computers, desktop computers, laptops, tablets and phones.
But work could always be performed.
A man pushing a mail cart gave way to thousands of feet of CAT-5 cable, then WiFi and cellular devices.
But we could always share what we knew.
Desk phones remain, but are gradually being replaced by text messages, webinars, video conferences and a pervasive electronic presence that some will never welcome.
But we remained connected.
Hand-written ledgers were replaced by files-on-floppies, shared folders and database servers.
But our collective work product remains available for audit, inspection and most importantly, continuing use by those who conduct the important work behind those doors.
Offices gave way to cubicles which returned to offices for some and remote workspaces in homes, hotels, airports, coffee shops and perhaps beaches for others.
But we still had work to do and places to do it.
What remains behind those doors is a constantly varying subset of roughly thirty remarkable people. Some were there when I started 31 years ago. Some have only recently joined the crew. Some are almost always there. Some drift in and out between assigments. Some visit on occasion, but all of them make their real presence known through the tasks they perform, the knowledge, experience and insight they share and the human qualities they bring with them.
Some have closed those doors behind them for the last time. I have memories of well over 100 people who moved through this entrance and those in other buildings.
It was always my pleasure to work with them.
I will maintain contact with many. I will visit when I can. I will think of them often, and I will cling to the memories of those who are gone forever – especially Tom, Mike, and Jerre.
These reflections are offered as part of Norm Frampton’s wonderfully fun blog hop known as Thursday Doors. Some of my friends from behind these doors, contributed the European doors I shared recently. Many of the doors I have shared in this space were gathered while traveling for this company and often in the company of these wonderful people. If you want to participate in Thursday Doors, visit Norm’s site and click in the many links to doors from around the world.