Just this week I was speaking with a coworker about her dissatisfaction with having no job description for her revised role in the new company formed when a competitor purchased us. I suggested that since each region was utilizing the role differently that she write her own job description and present to her manager. What did she have to lose? She said she was too old and would just deal with whatever happened. Really!!!!!! To me that is just climbing off the ladder of success and giving up on the chance to create one’s own role.
For me this resonated so much because we are of similar ages and face the same scenarios with the same merged company. I was fortunate to be assigned to a great job, reporting to a manager I like and respect, with duties that really didn’t tax me too much. But I also believed that my talents were not being utilized for the best benefit of the new organization.
Within a short time an opportunity became available that would give me the chance to utilize all of my strengths, develop new skills and learn management techniques that may serve me well in the future. At the very least I will be able to add tools to my toolbox or credentials to my resume. But, this opportunity also presents challenges, the potential for plunging into corporate quick sand, frustration, stress, extra hours, and falling flat on my face. I really don’t expect to face failure, but there is a real possibility that it will not be all daffodils, sunshine, rainbows, kittens and gumdrops.
I accepted the challenge and will start my new role July 1st. This is truly an exciting opportunity that I enter with my eyes wide open ready to embrace whatever may come. I will work with a team of dynamic, smart, talented, energetic individuals that I like, admire and respect that want to form a first class region. I am so enthused to be a part of that and have no doubt that collectively we will succeed.