When your application doesn’t get the reaction you want take it to the top.

When your application doesn’t get the reaction you want take it to the top.
Note: The following is an email to Mr. Charles G. Koch regarding my application and a rejection letter from his institute. In 2005, Koch Industries, Inc. bought Georgia-Pacific Corporation for $21 billion.
 
April 14, 2017
 
 
Mr. Charles G. Koch
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Koch Industries, Inc.
Wichita, KS
 
Mr. Koch, 
 
I recently applied to an ad on LinkedIn with the Charles Koch Institute seeking to fill several positions including a Senior Policy Analyst. Yesterday, I got a rejection letter from Jenna Radford, one of your Talent Acquisition Partners. While I am proud of my resume, I’ve had to play catch up due to having dyslexia that greatly affected my performance in school and later in the corporate world where I started my career at Georgia-Pacific, in 1996. I went to work for millworks in the Building Products Division training in Tampa, FL before assisting in the transition of Alexandria, VA to the Frederick, MD triad before returning to the national sales center, in Smyrna, GA. Due to dyslexia, I made my share of order entry errors that led to my firing after only 15 months. 
 
My performance during the rest of my 9-year career was no better. At age 32 (2002), I had a breakdown and an emotional breakthrough (late-bloomer). I began writing for the first time, ever, in my life. Sensing a neurological change, I took an online IQ test where I scored 142, up from 100 in the eighth grade. In 2007, following my divorce, I started my life over with no job, no career and no income. I began writing political and social essays to an audience of 10. Today, I’ve produced over 140 essays to an 18,000 global contacts. 
 
Some 14,000 are professors teaching at 90 plus universities. Of those 11,000 are physicians, professors and researchers at 45 world-class universities in 13 countries. I write to all 8 Ivy League schools including 2,000 at Harvard College, HBS, HKS, HLS, HMS and HSPH. I even write to the faculty at your alma mater – MIT and MIT Sloan. I write to heads of state (Putin), their FMs and their ambassadors to the US. I write to billionaires — Charles Schwab (dyslexic), Ted Turner (dyslexic), CEOs, COBs, fed. judges and lawmakers, major foundations, governors, media, policy institutes… Like me, Trial Lawyer David Boies, Virgin Billionaire Richard Branson, former Goldman Sachs President and COO Gary D. Cohn, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Dreamworks’ Steven Spielberg… are dyslexic and their outside of the box thinking have made them super successful.
 
 
Here is what some in my audience are saying about my work…
 
“Ted, Thanks for sharing your insightful commentary with me. All the best for 2016. Cordially, John”
 
— John D. Kasarda, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Air Commerce
Kenan-Flagler Business School
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
 January 1, 2016 (an email response to my essay — “That won’t fly!”)
 
“Dear Ted: 
 Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans whose lives have been affected by mental health issues, and I appreciate your perspective…”​ 
— U.S. President Barack Obama (2009-2017) 
The White House 
Washington, DC 
October 8, 2014 (an email response to my video — “​In the company of geniuses”​) 
 
“Nice job!”​
 
— Hon. David M. Walker, the former United States Comptroller General and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) (1998-2008) 
Bridgeport, CT 
October 31, 2013 (an email response to my essay — “President Obama: A loser coach managing a losing team.”​) 
 
“Dear Mr. Burnett: 
 
Thank you for your emails and sharing your essays, which have been read with interest…Your explanation to Kettering’s question “What does it take to make democracy work as it should?” is well taken. We appreciate your time to respond so thoroughly…” 
– F. David Mathews, President 
Kettering Foundation 
Dayton, OH 
April 9, 2013 (an email response to my essay — America – “She’s brain dead.”) 
 
“Dear Ted, 
Thank you for sharing this article. It captures the essence and well crafted. Warm regards,” 
– Dipak C. Jain 
Dean and The INSEAD Chaired Professor of Marketing 
INSEAD 
Fontainebleau, France 
January 31, 2013 (an email response to my essay — America – “She’s brain dead.”
 
“Dear Mr. Burnett, 
Thank you…for forwarding your piece to Professor [Michael E.] Porter…we found it interesting thinking and a good read…”​ 
— Stacie Rabinowitz, Research Associate 
The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness 
Harvard Business School 
Cambridge, MA 
June 21, 2011 (an email response to my essay — “Corporate consciousness v 2011″)
 
“Ted, I admire your perseverance. Things tend to work out for those who keep plugging away. Your stuff is solid. Good luck and best…”
– Steve LeVine, Contributing Editor
Foreign Policy magazine
Washington, DC
April 5, 2011
 
Given the dyslexia and the company of geniuses, my high IQ and the solid feedback from the former Comptroller General, journalists and professors to my political and social essays, I believe would make me a strong candidate at your institute or at any other policy institute. Attached is the random essay that I submitted to the Charles Koch Institute and my revised resume.  As my application and resume reveals my life is imperfect.  However, I’ve yet to meet someone whose life isn’t, but few have the courage, the guts to put it on their resume as I’ve done. I hope my version of honesty didn’t scare off your talent acquisition partner from this philosopher and writer that the world already knows.  I don’t need your name or your money to get my work to the 45 world-class universities that I already write to, to the same heads of state that now question Donald Trump’s sanity or CEOs and COBs from Fortune 500 companies.   
 
Sincerely,
Ted Burnett
500 Lincoln Street
Ste. B-105
Daphne, AL 36526

Begin forwarded message:
From: Charles Koch Institute <talent@charleskochinstitute.org>
Date: May 12, 2017 at 11:00:51 AM CDT
To: ted@tedburnett.com
Subject: Employment Application Submission
Reply-To: talent@charleskochinstitute.org
 
Thomas (Ted),
Thank you for your application to the Charles Koch Institute. I appreciated the opportunity to review your application for the Senior Fellow, Toleration and Free Speech role. Unfortunately, we have decided not to move your application forward.
 
We will keep your resume on file and will keep you mind for future openings at both the Charles Koch Institute and the Charles Koch Foundation. In the meantime, please feel free to follow the Charles Koch Foundation on LinkedIn and the Charles Koch Institute on LinkedInFacebook, and Instagram. We greatly appreciate your interest in working with us and wish you the best in your job search.
Best,
 
Jenna Radford
Talent Acquisition Business Partner
Charles Koch Institute
charleskochinstitute.org
 
 
Enjoy,
Ted Burnett
500 Lincoln St. Suite B-105
Daphne, AL 36526 USA
C: 251-709-0280
Email: tebjr1@yahoo.com
Websites: www.tedburnett.com
 
Question everything.
 

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 Ted Burnett: I'm an American thought leader and pioneer on the subjects of human, organizational and societal development and health. I write about the role that integrity, dignity, sanity play, as well as, on the topics of spirituality, faith, freedom, happiness, problem solving and risk taking. I produce and deliver original, world-class commentaries on business, political, social and spiritual matters to a global audience of world leaders, chief executives and key decision makers, top faculty and notables in the fields of academia, banking, business, foundations, government (including heads of state, lawmakers and governors), healthcare, media, non-profits and policy institutes. Website: www.tedburnett.com