Like The Little Engine That Could, it’s amazing how much more a person can do when necessity strikes, compared to what they thought their limits were. It’s also amazing the amount of bitching, manipulation and cajoling that goes on in some cases to achieve the required results.
I look back to this time last year when I first shouldered the responsibilty of heading a group of 5. It was daunting to say the least. Some of them were superior in smarts and seniority, while the remainder were young and fresh out of our training boot camps. How was I going to achieve our financial and personnel targets? Nothing in my previous capacity as a rock nerd had prepared me for this. Suddenly I was busier than I had ever been before: daylight hours were spent in people management and proposals, evenings were spent trying to catch up on the technical stuff that was still part of my workload. The first few months passed by in a blur of exhaustion.
But like everything else, you get to a certain point where you say, ‘OK. I got the hang of it now’, and start looking for other things to do. And as of last week, after weeks of negotiation (another job offer came along), I quietly took on a new role that completely removes me from the technical world I’ve been a part of the past 6 and a half years. I’m shocked at how much I miss being part of operational support, being in the thick of action as a well is being logged and the clients breathing down your back.
All I can say about the new job is that the knives are out and it’ll be sometime till I can breathe easy and not feel like my continued employment requires each task to be done fabulously. As always with our people, the moment someone inches upward (or laterally in my case) the so called corporate ladder, speculation abounds and the eternal questions of, ‘what did you do to get it? and the even more insulting ‘who helped you get it?’ starts floating around.
So wish me luck, folks. It’s gonna be some ride! 🙂