That’s My Job!

Changing the World
Issue 3

So you identified a need. You realized that need is a valuable one and can save/make your company hundreds of thousands in soft money. You begin the work to create the position that will allow you to leverage the resources you’ll need to accomplish this task. You’ve managed to convince the right people that your vision is a valuable one and that the position that needs to be created for it is a valuable one. All the right people have bought in and then some one else get’s the position. Even better, you have to train them in the role, the duties and even the the basics of the job.

So what do you do?

More than a few friends have come to me in the past talking about this very topic. I used to tell them that they should just suck it up or find a new job. I’m sure you’ve heard/thought this yourself; but, I have different perspective to share with you and it’s thanks to Kung-Fu Panda 2.

Most recently a friend came to me telling me about a decision she was considering. The basics, without revealing to much of who she is, are that she basically does the job of a manager but doesn’t get the pay or title for it. In fact, she does such a good job that her employer has her training the managers to be for other locations. She’s reinvented/invented several cost saving processes as well as laid all the ground work for a new service her company is providing. She took the not getting the manager pay and title in stride but the straw that is breaking the camel’s back is that the service she came up with required that a new team and new position be created and some one else was given the job. To add insult to injury, she is also required to not just train the team but also to train the team leader in the position that is by all rights hers. Frankly, this royally sucks for her and I’d I told her that she should be considering a new career path.

After watching Kung-Fu Panda 2 I realized there was more I should of told her. In the beginning of Kung-Fu Panda 2 Sifu begins to teach Po about inner peace and the movie pretty much follows the quest of Po, in a very family oriented money making brief way, attempting to find inner peace so he can save the day.

I know it’s just a kids movie, [I’m still a kid at heart] but it did get me thinking about my conversation with her. I think my advice should of went something more like this:

Well that really does suck. The question is how do you feel about it? Is this something that you can deal with? Is it something that you can maybe embrace? Ask yourself if seeing your idea come to life and benefit the organization is more important to you than the position you created.

If seeing your brain child grow up to you is extremely important then you should embrace the situation and help it grow. Help it to be strong, even if it means training someone else for the position you created for yourself. If you have to train them train them right; train them the way you were going to do it. If the person is a decent person they will give you credit. If they aren’t then other’s will eventually see who is doing the work and they will fade in the wind as long as you are patient. Even if they don’t the most important thing to you will happen, you’re brain child will grow up.

If you were only doing whatever you were doing to try to just get a better position then you should really look at what you’re doing for that organization. Have you been there to long? Is it what you really want? Do you get satisfaction from your work? Is it just another pay check? Do you actually care if you accomplish anything or are you more interested in just doing your job?

To bring it back to Kung-Fu Panda 2, which path will lead you to your inner peace?

Now if you excuse me I need to go make a phone call to amend my original commentary.

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