Monday, December 13, 2010

Reverb10 - Wisdom

December 10 – Wisdom Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? (Author: Susannah Conway)

Wisdom isn't usually something associated with myself but I suppose the even the most inept person breaks out with a wise choice every now and then. I don't know that I made alot of wise choices either personally or professionally this year but even those times when you can't recall something big and important that just screams wise, there's something seemingly small and insignificant that will play out to be hugely wise weeks, months or even years later.

Maybe for me it was in April when my manager went on maternity leave early. Through my own hard work and from the contributions of a team of the best creative professionals I've ever seen we persevered through launching new publications, tackling entirely new ways of handling our work and they sincerely thanked me for rooting them on through three of the busiest months we had ever experienced. They told me that they felt appreciated and that even with an immense amount of work being done they went home not feeling exhausted and stressed but instead feeling happy and looking forward to the next day. In turn, that made me feel accomplished. It made me feel like I was doing something right. We made every deadline and heard zero complaints about people not receiving their projects in a timely fashion.

I then capped it all off by asking for a meeting with a rather new next in command. I flat out asked her about my performance in the past three months and asked if she saw a future where I would be in the very position that I had just filled in on. Her response was encouraging and even now that the days of leaving the office being filled with stress are back and the entire team that I had motivated and appreciated now feels threatened and worried, I am still hopeful that the three month stint I had where I apparently proved myself as a manager will turn out in my favor in the near future. I guess the choices I made during that period were my collective wisest decisions of the past year.

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