This has been a challenging year, work-wise. Leadership changes prompted by the departure of my boss and a significant corporate reorganization above his level have prompted a rather seismic shift in our corporate culture.
The result has meant more of many things. There has been more work on my plate, for one thing. The size of the territory that I oversee has nearly tripled. I’d like to say that this was the result of a promotion, but it was simply a matter of coverage – divide 50 states by 4 people, weigh it so the more experienced folks have a bigger load, and presto – I’m covering 22 states.
There has been an increase in travel. This goes hand-in-hand with the expanded territory.
There has been an increase in revenue expectations. Suffice it to say that slow and steady will no longer win the race.
There have been decreases as well. There has been a marked decrease in information as we operate in a “need to know” environment. Doors that were formerly open are often closed. This includes mine, I’ll admit.
There has been less collegiality. As our division has grown larger, it has been restructured into smaller sub-groups, each with different leadership, market focus, and procedures. Apart from water cooler conversation about plans for the weekend, members of the various sub-groups have little interaction.
There has been less autonomy. The view from a few levels up the corporate food chain used to be that since we could be counted on to make our numbers every year, we should be left alone. With no shortage of things that needed fixing in the corporate machine, there was no sense in messing with what wasn’t broken. We were therefore spared a great deal of bureaucratic oversight and interference, and most of our group thrived in being able to operate under the corporate radar. However, we no longer work under the radar – we are under the spotlight.
We are closing in on a year with all of these changes. In the end, I believe that the result of all of this will be a highly efficient and dynamic organization that can be counted on to produce annual double-digit revenue growth, and which will propel some rising stars to eventually assume senior leadership positions in the company. Either that, or the thing will implode and the whole house of cards will come crashing down.
Either way, I’ll be watching from a distance. I’ve opted for quality of life, and will start a new career with a non-profit publishing outfit in December.
I can’t wait.