(aka, Things I’ve Learned on the Job, or Why I’m Glad Ladder Climbing Is Less Of A Concern In This Industry Than Others)
1. The BS. The massaging of egos, the corporate speak, the endless talk talk talk.
2. Big picture thinking. I get that all that talk is vital when you’re thinking on the strategy level. Me, I prefer to get on with the job…actually doing things rather than endlessly discussing them. I’m more of a detail-oriented person, and that lends itself more to the execution side of things.
3. Meetings. I used to like meetings. Get paid to sit around, watch presentations, listen to people talk? And sometimes even get fed while doing so? Yes please. Oh, how wrong I was. After a few, I realised just how damn interminable meetings actually are. (Much like I thought I liked lunch breaks, but given the choice between a slow day when I could basically take a whole afternoon for lunch and a day when I barely get to catch my breath, I’d take the latter.)
4. Any actual managing of people. I’m a control freak and delegating is something I still struggle with. But it does help to have capable, competent and *willing* people around you. (I am a showerer of praise but have no patience for timewasters.)
5. Personal time. The higher you go, the more work bleeds into your own time. I’d like that to be on my own terms, rather than by necessity.