8 March 2008

Breaking up is Hard to do

Things were going along quite nicely at work and then my boss had to up and leave. Now I’m back to square one wondering who I will be working for. I can’t say I blame him for leaving. It was for a great promotion.

But What About ME?

When it comes right down to it, it really is all about what is best for our own career. We form good working relationships with our bosses and co-workers, but when a good opportunity comes our way, we take it. Sometimes when change like this comes it is a good time to re-evaluate what you want to do with your career and if you are thinking of making a move, it is a good time to start looking.

Choosing Your Boss

When I go on an interview, I interview those who are interviewing me. I want to know if I want to work there and if the personality fit would work. I chose this boss, even though he thinks he chose me. Well, maybe it was a bit of both. Now I am at the stage of wondering who my next boss will be and will it be a good fit?

The New Kid on the Block

I got an e-mail with his new assistant's coordinates. I am told she wants to speak with me. Should I be mean and tell her how awful this person is to work for? Try to scare her out of the job so I can come to the rescue? Or should I be professional about it and try to help her as much as I can?

It is never wise to burn bridges. I will help the new assistant and provide her with useful information so she can do her job to the best of her ability. I have always felt having a network of assistants very effective in my career. We help each other and the more people I know, the greater the wealth of information to do my job. Now, I have one more person I can add to my list of "Assistants I know".

She is probably worried about filling my shoes, but she has nothing to worry about. My boss is a fair man and if she is a good worker, she will be respected for her role as his assistant.

Change is hard, but change is going to come, so best to accept it and make the most of it. I salute my now ex-boss on a promotion well deserved and wish the best for him. Breaking up is hard to do, but I look forward to whatever new opportunities are going to come my way.


Anonymous said...

This is so true. You never want to burn any bridges, no matter how bad your relationship was with your ex-job. You never know when the references from anyone there will come in handy later in life.


Richard Rinyai

Patricia Robb said...

Yes, I agree. Never burn bridges. And as I said in my post. Change happens. It all depends on how you deal with it.