CAT | Outside the box
In front of the building of the company I work for is a small meadow with a pavement right across. Only weeks after the pavement was built you could see a beaten track starting to appear. It was very foreseeable where people would walk instead of the pavement.
Now replace the term pavement with hierarchical organisation.
The company I work for is undergoing some massive re-organisation for quite some time now. Responsibilities shift from one department to another and from one person to the next. This can lead to some confusion sometimes.
And here’s how to deal with it.
A few months ago I sat at a hotel bar sharing breakfast with some friends at a PHP conference. They asked me if I missed coding at all and if being the customer is fun and I said I wasn’t sure if my development background makes me a heavenly or hellish customer.
“Well, once you lose touch you will be a pain in the arse.” was the reply.
Yesterday I went to a pub with friends. One friend arrived late after the rest of us had already eaten. She ordered something to eat anyway and about 40 minutes later she asked for it again only to find out that the waiter forgot her order. So he was send to the kitchen and within just under 10 minutes her food arrived.
I instantly had to think of the company I work for.
There are all kinds of bosses out there and different people prefer different styles. I already wrote down my personal definition of a perfect boss with a specific person in mind. However new boss defining supporting you as his prime job is a good start into a new job.
Imagine you’re hired by a company as an expert in your field. You’re the specialist and they say you will get to define how things will work. Maybe you even get to build your own team. And at some time in the future when the company is ready everything will work your way.
Sounds too good to be true?
As promised I will try to make new years predictions a tradition. So here we go with the successor of lasts years take.
What’s going to happen in 2013?
End of 2011 I have made some predictions about 2012 and since 2013 has already started it might be a good idea to review those and see what actually turned out and what didn’t.
6 out of 10 is not too bad right?
We’ve build 30 image galleries for only 20 clients in the past. Essentially they are all the same though. Wouldn’t it be far more efficient if we build only one gallery and use it for all our clients?
In the company I work for a lot is happening lately. Strategies are developed and are then replaced by other strategies. People climb on top of structures and are then replaced by other people. In the chaos everybody tries to secure what is important to his or her job.
In your job you can only focus on the present while for yourself you can only focus on the future.