No I in team

In which I have to learn to play nice with the other kids.

Messy desk at work

Teamwork, collaboration, playing nicely with others. In my new job these are all traits I’m starting to realise I don’t have. I like being thrown in at the deep end and left to fend for myself, I want to achieve through discovery and tenacity not through training and picking up an existing process.

This has come to light from my new job, mostly I have always been the analyst on a team of marketeers so had lots of control of how I presented the data and a lot of freedom to go and explore. Now I have joined a team of like-minded souls I have gone from big fish to little fish.

Like most things you don’t realise what you had until someone comes along and puts up a parking lot. It’s as simple as being allowed to have control over the colour of the bars on the charts I use. Now I have to negotiate and compromise to create a unified team style, but the style we are choosing sucks.

When I work on my own I can do as I please, and I do what I believe is right and best. Now I have to play with others I have to learn new skills of patience and will need a mouth guard to protect my teeth as I grit them.

I like being left alone, I want to go and find out new things and get my claws into a project. Now I am given tasks from a list based upon the time I have and not what interests me. Anything that does pique my curiosity now has to be discussed and diluted via committee. Either that or I have to follow the guidelines for a process for a task. I don’t learn through rote but through play.

The only upside is that there is competition, I love competing against others as it brings out the best in me. Not necessarily the best aspects but certainly my better work.

Do I feel I made a mistake in moving, or perhaps just a little too tired to think about it clearly? Maybe a combination of both. In one sense I felt I was stagnating in my old role and they didn’t seem to care or fight for me to stay (maybe if they had who knows what I would have said).

It doesn’t matter now, I have jumped from the diving board and need to decide which side of the water surface I’m on.

Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?

Source: Sink or Swim

Author: Daddysaurus

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

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