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April Summary

Culture: Quite unexpectedly, I attended a concert in April.  A fantastic young artist, Vera Blue, was sold out, but the night of her concert, I got an email for last minute tickets for $35! I did not hesitate and bought two tickets and invited a friend from work (who’d coincidently been at the last concert …
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One year as a field manager

It’s been one year since I took a sharp and unexpected career turn, from acting as a manager of a handful of office based workers, to becoming a middle manager, with other managers reporting to me with line staff.  I wrote my ‘first thoughts‘ after the first week on the blog.   In a similar …
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Week 1 as “the boss”

Yep, this week, first week as the boss of 75 people! Well 4 direct reports and about 70 indirect reports… Oh and all of them are men – but that comes as no surprise to me 🙂 So far, I’ve loved it.  I’ve done an extra four hours of work, just to keep notes, and …
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Limbo at work

I have accepted a new role, a promotion, and I’ve negotiated to start on Monday 13th April.  Initially we talked about 30th March, but with a Phuket holiday over the Easter weekend and into the next week, it made sense to hold off starting until I was ‘there for good’. So I have three weeks …
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4 days to go!

The countdown is til I move back to my normal office.  It’s all very uncertain, as I’ve applied for another role (not at my normal office location, this time, south, but with a car as part of the package).  So I’m not sure if this will be a short term stop over or part of …
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Push has come to shove

So… work: This week marked my six month anniversary of being a manager of my team of six in northern Sydney.  And at the end of the week, I was offered the opportunity to make the management role permanent. Ironic – as I didn’t apply for the role.  I applied for advertisement for six roles …
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Career choices of children

Another (potentially) controversial article, although not touching at all on religion.  I like to explore issues by writing, but my aim is never to offend anyone.  If anything, I welcome people to provide me alternative points of view! It’s a long time before I’ll have to worry about the career choices my children will make.  But then …
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Review of my six weeks in management

When I first started this management gig, I was drowning, and if it wasn’t for the comments in this post I’m not sure I would have come to enjoy it!  Then I came back a week later all jazzed up about acting as a manger.  Well, today is the last day in the corner office, …
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Management update

After my stream on consciousness last week about acting in a management role, I thought I would update you all. This week, three weeks into six, I’ve settled into the routine of the role.  With help from my wonderful commenters, I’ve started to see my role as ‘helper’ rather than ‘productivity master’ (though that still …
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I’m not ready for management

My manager, of the section I’ve been in since August, is transitioning to retirement.  In the past six months, he’s been not at work more than he’s been at work – mainly using up his holiday and long service leave.  A number of people have stepped into his role and run the section during this …
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