Dead Man Walking


With the noted staff reductions still to come, it’s evident that there are people that have been given some bad news. While there have been tears, there are others who have held their dignity and ploughed on with their work.

Those in the latter category seem to be in a good place emotionally; they’ve got jobs or other plans. I feel sorry for the ones who have struggled with the news. In particular, I know someone who is being targeted, with the sole intention of being pushed out of the business. This person has been pressured to work long hours and with no possible hope for success. During our hallway discussions, there is enormous pressure being mounted and the only dignified option is to leave.

The worst thing is that I’ve heard from other sources that the manager had been bragging about performance managing the employee out of the business. This is questionable ethics in times of great uncertainty and difficulty. One can only hope that actions like this have a sense of kismet about it.


Safe – for now


So, it was announced a couple of days ago that I’ve held on to my job. In fact, not only have I held on to my job but I’ve been promoted. Yet, I have the same pay and greater responsibility. I guess it’s better than the outside option.

It does mean that I need to learn more about our consumer tracking methodologies and that is scaring me. I now have the freedom to set my own path and without the handrails of a more hands-on manager, there is an element of fear there.

Onward into the great recession!


Lucky breaks and perfect timing


It’s not always about ability but having the right connections and walking onto the stage on time.
I think that my current position owes a lot to timing. A year ago, I shared that long road trip with the former head of the area. That meant a lead position to getting my old job. Now, there were some departures that opened up a path to a more senior position. I was in the department, able to express my preferences. So, I’m here. It’s a good role and one that sets me up for better things later on.
As with most things, timing enhances ability and inter-personal know-how.