Real Adult Life

a diligent over-analysis of "adultolescence"

New Beginnings January 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — jamiej527 @ 9:57 PM

The last post was the beginning of a new vision for my blog: an expanded view from the bottom rung of responsible adulthood.

I claim that most people don’t find fulfillment in their job alone. No wonder, then, that I lost interest in blogging about only work.

This new vision will continue to feature my viewpoint of the professional world, but also personal finance, business, technology, and whatever else tickles my fancy. I will continue to write as a student of life, not an expert.

Hope you’re as excited as I am! And always remember that I love getting comments!


Project Change: Frustrations November 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jamiej527 @ 8:46 PM

Another month down.  We sucked up our sales goals.

Co-managers are afraid of getting fired for not hitting our minimum standards.  I understand that the risk of getting put on performance probation is very real.  I understand that losing one’s job is scarier for them–people in their 50’s and 60’s–than for my twenty-something self.

But where’s the practicality it worrying?  In talking about how well we did back in March and April?  In soliloquizing how the company “never used to be this way”?

Move forward.  Strive for improvement.  There’s no point in focusing on the things we can no longer control.

I’m not frustrated because we’re not making goals.  I’m frustrated because my coworkers are so ready to stagnate.

Secondly, I’m frustrated because we’re improving.  Legitimately, measurably improving.  But it’s the subtle, across-the-board improvement that has yet to show up on the company radar.  Rather than miserably  failing  to even approach goals, we’re now just barely missing targets.  Not great, but it counts.

It counts.  We CAN do this.  What surprises me is that my counterparts have a harder time getting on board than my direct reports.