Sunday, February 10, 2008

Waiting for the world to turn

The hiring manager at the hospital gave me hope that I might hear about the position by the end of last week. That didn't happen. The HR representative stated that it would probably be the end of this coming week. After not hearing anything, I really should have known that HR is usually closer to reality on these types of things.

I spent a lot of time this past week going back and forth about how much I wanted this new job to work out, and how I could make my current job into a better situation by trying to be an agent of change. My mentor really wants me to stay because she thinks I really can be an agent of change. I have a feeling that it's going to be an extremely tough up hill battle. There's a mantra that I have been preaching for over a year to any and all who will listen:

Policy, process, and accountability

In a large organization, such controls are necessary to instill order onto chaos, and to keep disparate groups on the same page. These words are alien to my current environment. It will take some doing to convert the masses to this way of thinking. If I end up staying, I need to find the energy to become an evangelist of these ideas. However, I really don't want to stay.

What is it about a frustrating work situation that makes one fantasize about their resignation. The primary element in my fantasy involves evocation of the magic three words above, and how I need to work in an environment that knows what the words mean and values their impact on the business. Plus, of course, a good measure of "I told you so." (as in: I told you not to make me the single point of failure on a number of critical system maintenance requirements).

Why do so many of us envision leaving jobs with the very adult and professional phrase of "Ninny, ninny, boo boo," on our lips?

1 comment:

David said...

We so rarely, as adults, have the opportunity to say "Nanny Nanny Boo Boo" and really mean it. It is very hard to pass up and great fun to fantasize about I believe because it helps return us to those childhood days when we could be whatever all powerful force we wanted to be.

But that's just my theory -- I didn't take advantage of my chance to say that; I'm waiting until I'm proven right about the cost in dollars and staff being for naught.