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What Color Is Your Parachute?


Painting for a coworker
Washington, DC — August 1990
Watercolor on paper — 7″ x 10″

This is a painting I did for a coworker that was leaving the place where I was employed at the time.  In retrospect, I think she may have had a crush on me, as our boss kept trying to get me to socialize after-hours with my coworker many times during the period that we worked together.  However, I was too blind at that point in my life to see anything beyond simply being friendly and courteous with her, and nothing ever developed from my end of the relationship.

When my coworker announced that she was leaving, my boss suggested that I create a painting for her.  Using the title of this post as a theme (it was a book very much in business vogue at the time), she wanted me to paint it, have all of our coworkers sign it, and then present it to our departing coworker at a going-away gathering.

Before handing it over to our boss to wrap as a gift, I shot this image and one other with all the signatures.

Was it successful?  I dunno.  As I recall, the going-away gathering occurred at a time when I was unable to attend.  But I do hope she liked it.

4 thoughts on “What Color Is Your Parachute?

    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author


      I never read that particular book, as I felt it was just another cycle of business advice that would be churned with the next fad (like MOB or Management By Objective, Franklin Covey, Who Moved My Cheese, etc.). I know that all of those helped some people, but I grew very tired of management telling me what to read and how to behave, both at work and at home.

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  1. cecile53

    I never was employed, so nobody told me what to read and what not. I did read the parachute to find a job I would fit in. Nothing came of it 🙂 I am a non-fitter, I guess. And looking back, that is the best thing. No regrets 🙂 🙂 🙂

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