I am reorging my group at work.
I have to do it.
We went through two years of growth and new direction and in order to sustain this, I have to do it.
The new organization is about a month in the making.
I've got HR on board and my New Boss said, "do it."
It will be effective April 1.
I rolled it out to the people who are affected today.
Everyone is good with it.
Except for one...
In her eyes,
I am a lousy manager who has ignored her people,
it's a travesty that certain people have not been promoted and she is NOT talking about herself (right),
I will be lucky if I have anyone left in the group by the end of the year (she predicted this at the beginning of LAST year),
technical people are not valued any more,
people who sell themselves and become administrative are fast tracked and are promoted,
she sees the writing on the wall...
the grass is greener on the other side,
blah blah blah... broken record.
I have known this person for 20 years.
Yes. Twenty years.
It's the same old litany any time there is a change of any kind.
But in the end, she has always pulled through.
The bottom line is that the bar has been raised.
Either you are doing what you are doing and you won't be promoted,
or you can come out of your comfort zone, embrace change, take a chance and find opportunities that will put you in a position to be promoted.
Promotions are no longer a spoon fed "given" as they used to be.
Now you have to work tohave leadership presence.
This is a long and complicated topic filled with deep convolutions that we good go one about all day long. (Don't worry, we won't do that here.)
The sad part is that I think she is capable of so much more. The people relationship aspect is a problem for an introvert like her. But if she can't handle networking, can she be capable of more? Not if the two go hand in hand... sometimes excellence cannot be attained until PAIRS of abilities work together
... each as they stand alone can bring about only fraction of the results that can be produced as when they stand together.. this is about leadership excellence.
The funny part is that this meeting was at 10:00am.
At 11:15, I presented her with an award with a $300 bonus for the work she did for an initiative that took her a YEAR to warm up to, which did not happen without a lot of complaining, and which required her to come out of her comfort zone. I gave a big speech and I smiled when I gave it to her. She smiled back. And we talked with our eyes. She knows that this took a while to put together...certainly longer than it took her to complain to me this morning.
You can't complain about not being promoted if you are not willing to step outside of yourself.
Another idea is that perhaps she has attained her true potential in this company
. Some would think that was sad. But I say, how wonderful that some one actually attained the limits of their potential
. That is something to be celebrated. The problem is that no one has bothered to think about what happens afterwards because so few people get there.
So, now what?