A few years ago, in some faraway location where the Magnus team was conducting mock jury research, I noticed a woman who was wearing a bright pink shirt that was festooned with sequins. I love glittery things and I walked closer so that I could see the details on her shirt. Her shirt had lovely flamingos all over it along with the words, “In a flock of pigeons, be the flamingo.” I love this! It is much more positive, in my opinion, than saying, “It’s hard to soar with eagles when you fly with turkeys.” The other advantage of a flamingo comment, for me, is that I adore flamingos. First of all, they are pink. (Pink is not my favorite color, but it does make a bold statement.) The other thing I like about flamingos is their beauty and grace. They often do what they do on one leg! That’s pretty graceful. Yes, I know flamingos are stinky and they honk loudly, but they are certainly eye catching and captivating. David has taken numerous flamingo photographs over the years. I have some beautiful poster size images of his photos displayed wherever a touch a pink is needed. Overall, I prefer to be the flamingo in most situations. Being a pigeon, eagle, or turkey may suit someone else, but being the flamingo is lots more fun! Pink power!
Flamingos have pizzazz. They get attention just by standing around and foraging for crustaceans in a pond. They stand out against the water, sky, or foliage. Camouflage is not their strong suit. There are times when keeping one’s head down, and trying to go unnoticed, makes sense. This is especially true if the bullets, real or verbal, are flying. But, in a career sense, having a little flamingo like talent doesn’t hurt. Standing out, being noticed – for positive reasons – is a good thing. Using one’s talents, abilities, and looks (yes, looks can help in a positive way) are important. To the latter, looks, one doesn’t always need to be pretty like flamingos. Being “put together,” well groomed and clothed, clean and fresh, go a long way. Just ask us, we’ve seen all types in interviews – we’ve written about some who couldn’t bother dressing appropriately for an interview, so how would they appear on a daily basis??? Anyway, there are many ways to get noticed; not all of them involve pink feathers.