TEN MONTHS??

October 10, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Yes, it has been 10 months, but — I AM BACK! 

I work for a company that was purchased, it has been called a merger, but we were bought.  The integration and my new job began officially in April of this year; however the work and interviews and the unknowns all began October/November of 2010.  It has turned my life quite upside down.  My regular exercising, my healthier (although not perfect) eating habits, my personal development study, my fairly balanced life — went crazy, upside down!  My new job in this merging company has meant travel, a new boss – who is actually a former boss (who luckily is AWESOME), a new team, and an entirely unclear and unknown, chaotic world.  I have spent time on  projects which have ran into brick walls of political spiderwebs. I have started projects only to find others are also doing the same thing.  I have been given lead on projects that confusingly get pulled.  Bottom line — totally and completely upside down.

I have missed my husband and daughter – a lot!  The toughest part has been the travel and the time required for work pulling me away from home.   Several missed events at school; missed pick ups.  All of this is so extremely difficult.   My husband has been unbelievably supportable through all of this.  He helps ground me; knowing I have them always, to come home to, to depend on; helps me make it through all the craziness.

In the last week, I have realized that my new job is giving me something new, something I haven’t necessarily had before.  I am managing other managers.  Usually I have managed mostly individual contributors.  This is new for me, and as I realized, is giving me an opportunity to really do something that I love.  I can work and strive to be an influence for people who are responsible for managing teams of people.  Our company is going through very tough times; it requires strong leadership skills, new leadership skills.  I really am getting to pursue my passion.  Helping others and teams be successful, strong, balanced teams.  I certainly am in a place that will make this not only necessary — but also hugely challenging.