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Musing On One's Own Indispensibility

So yesterday I returned to work to find that, in the eight days of my absence, my section apparently simply fell apart. By the second Friday there were serious problems costing big money to the company. So, Monday there was a meeting where I was assured I was only being informed (since I wasn't there), but before same I was taken aside by my supervisor and his boss, the superintendent, and told that I was now fully in charge of the group, I am trusted, AND they fought hard to get me a Team Leader position, but the VPs said no because of that bad review my previous supervisor gave me. Grrr. I knew that would happen, I just knew it. (I don't know why they can't look at previous reviews--I NEVER got one like that before.) Ah, well. I am in what is being called a "developmental" position, poised to take the last Team Leader slot after the next round of reviews if I can get a better review mid-year. It was both ego-stroking and most humbling to have my bosses tell me how amazing they think I am, and now I feel like I really have to step it up to live up to this high opinion. And to get that promotion.

A second thought which occurs to me is I have always gotten along better with male bosses over female. I apologize to all women, but that's been my history. I think there's only ever been one woman boss I ever got along well with on the job, and I'm not sure if it's my fault or what.

So in two days I seem to have made inroads in getting my little crew organized, as well as the lecture they got, but the big boss basically told them "when Kathy says jump, you say how high," which was both kinda cool and terribly frightening.

I saw this billboard from the Brooklyn Bridge and had to snap a shot of it:

I tried to make ginger ale. It tastes okay, but it didn't carbonate properly. Must try again, and this time crush the ginger to get more of the flavor.



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Sep. 21st, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Good thoughts for your work-challenges and awesomeness. :-)

Sep. 21st, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! (hugs!)

Sep. 21st, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
It's great to know your bosses are behind you, and I'm quite certain it's deserved. Also, great billboard.
Sep. 21st, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
*happy face*

Sep. 21st, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
I agree - I prefer working for men over women. My craziest supervisors have all been women, one of them was out to get me (literally), and one of them was just plain adorable and stood behind anything I did. I never knew what to think of her. :D

Congrats with all the yay-stuff from your bosses! That is so cool.

I love that photograph.
Sep. 21st, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
I just seem to get along much better with men. I mean, this last time she SEEMED nice and all, but that review was just petty.

ANYWAY... awesome sauce. I'm hoping for the best!
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Sep. 21st, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
Those ARE great ad campaigns! Hee! I'd be tempted to get a storage unit myself!

Sep. 21st, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
Good going on the work front! It's too bad the review from the bitch is holding you back for a while, but you'll prove yourself.

I've had mixed luck with male and female bosses. Good and bad of both genders. Meh.

I love that sign!!!
Sep. 21st, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
I hope so!

The best female boss I had was the lady who recently retired -- she was always sweet as pie and of course that didn't fly in a supervisor, apparently...

Sep. 21st, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
well that's both great that they think highly of you (and less great about the old performance review). good luck to you. frankly, I hate to say it, I have never liked working with women much (doesn't help the one I keep mentioning riling with currently is female). I've always gotten along better with men.

awesome sign
Sep. 21st, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
Working with other women is okay, but having one as a direct supervisor/boss usually sucks in some way.

Sep. 21st, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
I tend to find that my direct supervisors that have been female tend to be either intimidated by my superior intelligence, or just clutching so hard to the fact that they've got a supervisory position that they overreach. I've always gotten along better with men in supervisory roles (but then again, I tend to consciously and unconsciously use my feminine wiles on them to get them to vend to my will). It also seems to me that men seem to feel more at ease and self-assured in those positions than the women I've worked with. Of course, this isn't always the case, and sometimes you come across a great female boss and the men are idiots/asses.

One supervisor took her position so far as to snoop in our desks when we took lunch breaks. She had no idea what I was talking about half of the time because I used words that she didn't understand - like copacetic and befuddled (which I found super-hilarious since my use of "befuddled" befuddled her). By the end of my time there, I started to purposely use big words she didn't understand just to frustrate the hell out of her.

In short: WAY TO GO on getting the promotion! I know they already obviously recognize your worth and they just have to technically cross the t's before making it fully official. Which is stupid, but still. WAY TO GO!!

Finally, that billboard ROCKS. If it wasn't damn expensive and kinda scary, I'd totally live in New York.
Sep. 22nd, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
That may be part of it -- this particular supervisor I know fought hard for her position and stepped on a LOT of people to get there, and had not made many friends; I think when she came to our unit she was under the gun to improve her people skills (coming from another unit that hated her like poison), because she was super-sweet and solicitous, but when it came to the important stuff, like yearly performance reviews, well, her true colors came out.

But my previous boss, who also had personality clashes with me, at least recognized I did a good job and reviewed me accordingly -- male, and no feminine wiles, honest (not only because he was married, but also like 25 years younger than me... and I have NEVER been good at that kind of thing!). But yes, I do kinda feel like, provided I don't screw up monstrously, I have the promotion in the bag (knock wood, other suspicious "I hope I didn't jinx myself" things).

I really loved New York. I might be able to live there, if I could handle the weather.
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