Biting the Hand that Feeds

Can’t Cope

Work dissatisfaction has some vicious cycles. For instance, if you dislike your boss, you are less likely to try and make his/her life easier. You may not volunteer for projects; you probably won’t look for new ways to do things. All in all, you’re just there to do what’s in your job description; no more, no less.
In my circumstance where I have difficulty in hiding my feelings, particularly when I don’t exactly respect the current leader, it gets hard. I’m stuck in a role I can do in my sleep but I’m not scoring the political points to get me out of it. My resume suffers because I’m not moving in a great direction to a potential employer. So, I’m stuck here longer and the more I hate the place. And so the cycle goes. You get the picture.
So, I’m fighting the urge to be recalcitrant. I need to get out of this job and this company sooner rather than later.


Shuffling Decks


More changes at work. My current manager (who has been in the seat for about six months) has been promoted. That means the big chair has been populated by two people in the last six months; both had been from other states and obviously in a holding pattern until their real seats were made vacant.

The next guy in line isn’t as brilliant a thinker as the previous two but is arguably reasonably politic. My concern is whether the Director thinks this department is really one that produces anything or is just a holding bay until he can find a box for his mates.

It doesn’t fill me with any more confidence.


Following The Right Leader


Finding true leaders in business is rare. By true leader, I mean the type of person that is not only incredibly intelligent/wise, but also honest, personable and savvy. What you see on the surface is exactly what you see if you peeled away the suit, the Blackberry and the corner office. Is this person the same in business meetings as in a family gathering? I’ve had a few managers in my time and I couldn’t pinpoint one who had it all. There was always a flaw that undermined everything. One was an amazing networker but completely untrustworthy. Another was scarily intelligent but couldn’t relate to human beings. A more recent one was amicable, a political animal and brilliant but you couldn’t always believe his level of commitment to you. He was made of teflon, making commitments and promises but nothing stuck.

Am I seeking too much? And can I ever fully complete myself so that I’m not perceived in the same way?