Curiosity in Paris

My experience here at Canal+ is very different from what a lot of Lofters may be experiencing, and even from what I myself had expected. For a lot of other Lofters, processes and systems may be vaguely or very familiar and, despite maybe speaking in a different tongue language, you’re still speaking your work language. That hasn’t been my experience and, I’ll admit, it threw me a little at first.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m working with the business development and product team here at Canal+, a division of the Marketing department. My team is responsible for developing new products to stay ahead of the paid-TV market. So, while I talk sometimes about the digital media applications of connected TV (one of the key subjects of my team’s current work), I’ve never taken a deep-dive into the technology behind it. So how do I try to make sense of everything? I try to make connections.

How does one make connections between what you know so well and what you know nothing about? You talk to people. A lot of people. And this is what I’ve done since my first day at Canal. The people here have been so generous with their time, meeting with me to talk about the basics, about how they work, how they work together and where they want to go. What I’ve found in my exploration is that Canal has such a bright, really powerful potential for the future, and there are so many people working incredibly hard to drive it forward. Everyone has a true passion for their work that you can’t help but feel the positive, eager energy.

Because my expertise comes from a different area altogether, and I’m attempting to make what are likely unconventional connections, I think in a much different manner than many of my colleagues here at Canal. And as much as I’m an outsider looking in, having probably less than 1% of the details, the teams here are so open and amenable to observation, conversation and even (potentially misinformed) suggestions from yours truly. Change is good, they say! And frankly, we need to adopt more of this open-mindedness home in Boston :)

In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo wrote that “To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!” I think what he means is that Paris, with such a rich history and wealth of knowledge built-up over centuries, somehow always opens your eyes and, with her majestic charm, forces you to look through a new lens, presents to you a new way of thinking and a new perspective to consider. I’ve certainly experienced this from a professional standpoint. One only has to be curious, to seek out the city’s wisdom to find it. And once you do, you’re able to think as if new, be born again in your approach to your method of thinking, your work and your life. It’s no wonder artists have flocked here for centuries. And what I find even more inspiring is that my colleagues here embody this spirit every day.

Moral of the story? Remain curious, my friends! You never know what you’ll find.

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