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The First Month

So, a month has passed and in no particular order, this is what I’ve done in my thus far:

  • hired someone – I needed an analyst to assist with the heavy number crunching that is my corporate existence
  • been busy without being productive – basically, spinning my wheels and getting to know the demands of the role and saying yes to a lot of people (with the caveat that it may just take a little while to deliver)
  • beckoned to the corner office to meet the MD – yes, I broke out in a cold sweat knowing that this guy could call me anytime to ask for analysis on basically ANYTHING

All in all, it’s been a good month. I feel valued and have been keeping my superiors happy. It’s the corporate way, I suppose.

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What Happens When You’re Happy?

Shifting to this new job has been emancipating. I feel like I belong in this group and they value what I have to give. This sense of worth has kept me in this organization. I don’t feel as anxious about being here.

Now that the anger has subsided, what next? I had found that hatred had been my fuel for much of the last year. With that gone, I’m strangely empty. It’s as if your greatest nemesis has decided that you are the bigger and better person, leaving you sole possession of the field.

This is a good thing, I’m sure.

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Charming Snakes

There are is a certain character at work that I have an irrational dislike and mistrust. To describe him, it’s best to picture a snake. He seeps into fissures to find shelter whenever the thought of danger arises. He is the greatest of survivors, able to mesmerize people with his speech – the proverbial forked tongue. He slithers across the rubble of our organization, seeking sustenance from everyone’s cast offs, or in the worst case, to consume the project that you’ve nurtured when you’re away from the nest.

This man has risen to a reasonably senior level and continues on his deceitful ways. He is despised by many yet adored by others. Although he hasn’t wronged me directly, I never feel that I can trust him and choose to keep my distance. Much like other animals, I think he senses whenever there is unease amongst those around him and as a result is selective of his coterie.

Those of us who have keep our distance are quietly waiting for a time when this snake slips into a crack too narrow and meets his doom.

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Week 1 – The New Seat

Okay, I’ve moved into my new seat and things are rosy. I’m energized by the structure of my job – I have clear areas of responsibility and know what’s expected of me. In my previous role, much of my energies were devoted to inventing work instead of doing work. Instead of using my imagination on finding ways to become busy, I AM busy.

After two years in the corporate wilderness, I am finding work stimulating and it helps that this new batch of people around me are supportive, interesting, and fun to be with.

Here’s to more weeks like this!

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