It has been an interesting past couple of weeks. As I mentioned, I was looking at a possible opportunity, which would take up quite a bit of time, but could be a huge career move. Well, as things wound down through discussions and proposals, it was looking quite shakey. Instead of looking at whether or not a promotion would come through, it began to look more and more like I would be looking for a new client soon.
So, when I got called into a meeting with the CEO, CFO and several top level managers, I was prepared for, “We appreciate everything, but your position has now been eliminated.” This has pretty much been the status quo around here lately for anybody that has had a meeting with our CEO.
Instead, with the proposal I had written in hand, questions were thrown around the room. First directed at me, at how this implementation would work, the cost structures, etc. Then it was put to the others. Whether they believed what I had proposed was viable, and financially sound… and of course more importantly (to me anyway), whether I was the one that could navigate this.
As it turns out, I had garnered more support than I originally anticipated, and not only did they see fit to have me continue, I am now in charge… of everything. Me! I know I should be thrilled, and I am confident that it can be done, but me being a boss just seems, well odd. After all, while I have never been fired for posting a Dilbert comic strip, I have been known to circulate them around at several jobs, I have had in the past, criticizing those in management.
So, where does that leave me now?Â I have always in the past avoided such management positions, because I have always been more comfortable as the “doer” and not the manager.Â Can the one that has always scoffed at mangement, become management?Â Am I the new Pointy Haired Boss? Â Can I be different, and actually be a boss without becoming the “idiot” that everybody posts comics about?Â I am certainly sure I will be nicer to those that work for me that those that I have worked for in the past.Â But then again, doesn’t everybody usually start out with the best of intentions, not to be the same jerk as those that went before?Â Is the Peter Principal just an inevitability?Â I guess only time will tell.
In the mean time, I can only hope I can get back to blogging and commenting on other blogs on a more regular schedule again.Â I need the outlet.Â If anything, hopefully it will help stave off the metemophesis from employee to corporate drone as long as possible.
Me?Â In Charge?Â Sorry, it still sounds odd to me.