Saturday, June 02, 2012


My duties at work have been slightly altered somewhat by the managerial rotations. I have deftly avoided all specialty work until now. Specialty work is loved by many, but I have little love for this type of work.
I like my odd generic cases day in and day out year after year.

I remained with my supervisor which is a plus. I am now her senior officer and the one with longest tenure
in the area and with her. In reality the most senior officer is expected to mentor and provide technical expertise. The supervisor provides the policy and crunches the numbers and the lead is a buffer.  The lead knows the team and provides direction. This supervisor and I rarely disagree and when we do she knows how to get me moving. It is really quite simple give a rational reason and I move accordingly. My sole difference is we take care of our own first before helping others. I was all ready mentoring three of the members of this team. 

Our team focus is military cases and general work. We do have military cases and they deserve extra effort. This is something no manager needs lecture me on. I did this long before it was a priority as the right thing to do. Top management is extremely helpful when a military problem happens. I have been called in as a specialist when nasty problems occurred with this type of case a few times. A more aggressive officer with a talent for networking is sometimes needed to achieve the task.

It is a slight diversion from my current task. Remaining with the same supervisor is a plus as I expected to remain with the same crew more or less. Being a lead is not something I really wanted as I am happier just working away on my own issues.


Ducky's here said...

This supervisor and I rarely disagree and when we do she knows how to get me moving.

She reminds you what it's like in the dreaded private sector.

beakerkin said...

Actually, reasonable people disagree
and my boss and I are reasonable people. Stylistically, I was very charismatic and follow me.

As an officer this is a different world. I am more proactive and she is more into reports. My focus is keep them moving before trouble. Hers is more patient lets see what happens. My style is these are the
options lets pick one and go. Hers
is lets review this and think and then go.

It is very rare that we disagree on anything major. As my work has a very unique pattern she can figure it in seconds. The people I mentored
use very similar patterns. Out of six four people are using my pattern. Likely, I will have to impart this pattern in seconds.

When I arrived I merely added her requirements into my pattern. It was a minor adjustment but she is the boss.

My boss in VT was a remarkable man.
He understood my patterns with amazing accuracy. How many of a category do you have. I guessed 57
but my boss told me 271. Do nothing other than that until there is zero.
I reminded him that would put my numbers off the chart on the high side. He told me he would handle all the questions and inquiries.

The above is a classic example of excellent managerial style. Assess the situation, direct the worker and keep the extraneous distractions to a minimum. The extra numbers made him look better and made his boss look better.

Or work with your friend x. He isn't doing well and is in danger of being demoted. My number was 46 and his was 13. I got his number up to 19 which really disappointed me.
The boss was not upset because the percentage gain made my losing a day a worthwhile investment and saved his job.

The example there is don't let your people sink and act quickly. Sacraficing my numbers for a day 46
meant a return of about 6 per day for the rest of the year. His job was to convince me to sacrafice my numbers for a day to help a friend.
The quick response is if you dip from seventh to ninth it amongst your peers it really is no big deal.
Saving your friends job and boosting the unit was more important than my drive to be higher ranked. I needed little persuasion and a reminder that expecting my own numbers is not likely. I was scoring higher than my perplexed mentor within a week which bothered her.

Ducky's here said...

Are you on drugs? Or is it a Mountain Dew (yuk) overdoes?

beakerkin said...


The above are classic examples of work issues that take place in real
life. Maybe you should stop thinking
you have a clue about "working people" and stick with photography.

Unfortunately, I am now a team leader. It is not a role I desired
but it is mine.

Even Huffington is calling OWS a failure.