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Trying times

July 10, 2011

I’ve been working for almost 17 years now. I know that to some of you that might sound like an eternity but to others it must sound like I’m fresh out of nappies!  Well anyway, during that 17 years there have been a variety of moments and experiences, some highs and some lows but I can honestly say that the past couple of weeks have been amongst the most challenging – and unfortunately not in a good way. And if i’m really honest, yesterday was perhaps the worst day of my working life, period!  And that takes some doing seeing as I was made redundant from my last employer.

I don’t know what you do to overcome moments like these, times which challenge you to the utmost.  How do you actually shrug your shoulders, turn the other cheek, pick yourself up & carry on, and all those other cliches? They say forgive and forget, and ok, an apology does help to a certain degree but right now I can’t seem to get over that hurt, that feeling of utter dispair when I really didn’t know what I could do & where I could turn. (Although I was fortunate to stumble across a colleague at that point, which helped a little at the time of most despair!)

So in an attempt to try & move on, here I am back at my blog again, trying to find that cathartic feeling that so often comes from physically putting words down in print. Yes, I’ve neglected my blog in recent months.  Perhaps that indicative of all the thing that have been going on in my life lately.  They’ve certainly not all been bad things either. Actually despite some incredibly busy times, there have been many fantastic and memorable moments lately.  I guess the challenge now is to push those experiences to the forefront of my mind and to bury away the bad experiences of the past few weeks.

What is it they say? Everything happens for a reason.  These moments are made to strengthen us?  God only challenges us as much as he knows we can bear?

Hmm, right now it’s really kinda hard to see that silver lining or the brightness on the horizon ahead of me. I only hope that I’ll get there soon cos in the meantime I have work to do & I have to face some difficult individuals on a daily basis.  Definitely time for a self pep talk me thinks! 🙂

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Life as a marketing manager

January 27, 2011

At times the life of a marketing manager in an SME is seriously frustrating. Today is one of those times.

Right now I’m sitting fuming at my desk, typing furiously and just wanting to vent at the whole wide world in an attempt to get this frustration out of me!  So far it really isn’t working 😦

Do you want to know why I’m so angry at the moment?  Well I’m going to tell you anyway, even if you don’t – such is my mood at the moment.  I’m trying to plan for 2011.  Yes, I know we’re almost at the end of January and it should have been done way long before now, but I’ve been trying to do this planning for weeks only to be met by obstacle after obstacle.  Basically, working in a techy environment means that I have to rely on other people – the technical ones – for input into things.  That in itself is not a problem.  What is a problem is the fact that my work is not considered important enough to warrant their time.  As often happens with teams that combine sales & marketing, marketing gets pushed to the sidelines as the sales side of things is considered more important.  Unfortunately in my case, the technical side of things is also considered more vital & seems to get a good look in too.

Granted each of these is important and does have its place in the grand scheme of things, but why does that mean that marketing is not important and is the function which can be pushed aside, delayed, postponed and and and?   Aaaaaaagggggggggghhhhhhhh it really does get my goat!

So right now my planning has had another spanner thrown in the works. Without the input I need I just cannot move forward.  The trouble is, I really don’t know what on earth to do about it.

So for now I’m venting my frustration out on the keyboard, typing angrily. Problem is, I just don’t think that’s gonna help though 😦

<and breathe>

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hope, the essential ingredient?

January 23, 2009

ingredientsShort & simple but what a great post!
What am I talking about?  Well I just read a post on Seth Godin’s blog about hope.

It’s true, we all need some hope in our lives, otherwise what have we got to look forward to, what have we got to strive for, what have we got to motivate us?  I’m not saying we need incentives for everything we do, but yes, sometimes we need to know that something better is going to happen, that there is a point to everything, that we do have some hope to look forward to.

“Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.”
author unknown

I’ve never considered hope in terms of business success before and so Seth’s post has certainly made me think.  I’m selling hope on a daily basis.  What I do should give people that self same hope that they are searching for outside of business.

Hmm, that’s makes me think differently about my actions.  Does it you?
Definitely something to come back to on another occasion.

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employers on trial

November 27, 2008

gavel_1Are you happy at work? Are you motivated? Do you jump out of bed in the morning in anticpation of what lies ahead for you in the office? If you can answer yes to all of these questions, then you are very fortunate and can perhaps stop reading now. If you cant, then perhaps you should be considering whether you’re actually in the right job and working for the right company.

The fastest way to destroy the motivation of professionals
is to prevent them from doing what they were trained to do.”

Peter Drucker, 1909-2005

Does that sound like where you work? Has your motivation and enthusiasm for your job been quashed over the past few weeks, months, even years? Are you being prevented from actually doing your job?

How often have you gone for interviews hoping you’ve got what they’re looking for, or read job advertisements and questioned whether or not you have the right skill set & qualities needed? Perhaps we should all be much less concerned with ourselves and concentrate more on our potential/existing employers.

One of my favourite bloggers, Seth Godin, has written an interesting article where he suggests that we should all be more careful about choosing the company we work for. Instead of putting ourselves in the “am I good enough” category maybe we should be questionning whether the employer is good enough for us! Do we want to be associated with everything the company stands for? Do we want to behave like our bosses or pick up the ways of our fellow employees?

We spend an awful lot of time in our workplaces, we need to make sure they represent what we really want.

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WARNING, bad bosses can kill!

November 26, 2008

Ok, so not only are many of us suffering from having incompetent managers and bosses in our midst, those people who make our daily lives a misery and prevent us from getting down & doing our jobs, but now, to add insult to injury recent research suggests that this might even be making us ill. And no, I don’t mean giving us the odd headache, I mean the real deal, heart disease! & heart attacks et al!! <shocked look>

I mean, gees, heart attacks?! That’s serious stuff.

But before you start shouting at the screen & getting palpitations, take heed because the headline isn’t strictly true. It’s not that “oh no, my boss is awful, ouch, my heart” happens – well perhaps it might, but that’s besides the point. No, in reality, if your boss is bad and this causes you to stress out, then apparently you might adopt some bad habits like smoking which in turn might affect your health.

Hmm, ok, so it’s not quite as bad as it first sounded is it. If you have a bad boss, and if you do get stressed about it (and you probably will) just don’t use that as an excuse to start smoking because, as we all no, smoking kills! Far better though to take up a hobby or do something that will help you to look on it all far more lightly, keep that blood pressure down & live a happy work life.

And here endeth today’s lesson!

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clutter on desks

September 19, 2008

I was interested to read this article on the BBC News website yesterday, which asked what you would take with you if you had to clear your desk and leave your job today. There were some interesting answers from readers: some would just take their own belongings (and what an interesting collection of things people actually keep on and in their desks) others were more concerned about getting as much from the company as possible, so raided stationary supplies and the like.

What would I take?
Hmm, well in my box would be:

books – I have quite a supply in my desk that I have never taken home
photos – of my family
postcards – from friends visiting the world
paperweight – a nice but useful item used daily
ornaments – for that little touch of personalisation
magazines – a mixture of career orientated and personal interest
toiletries – all sorts, you never know what you might need at work
stress ball – er, for stress and something to play with if I’m bored!
umbrella – well I do live in England
promotional freebies – sometimes I get some cool gifts
clothes – my company t-shirt

Would I raid the stationary cupboard and try to get as much out of the company as possible before I walk through those doors? I’d like to say no, but who knows how I’d feel in reality.

They say your posessions (or at least the things on your desk) say a lot about you.
Now what story does your desk tell?

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