January 2013

Give Up The Shoe Shine

January 29, 2013

It’s hard to believe January is coming to an end. One month down and eleven more to go! Is it me or is time just reeling past at lightning speed these days. Workplaces around the world are back in full swing after the holiday hibernation. Teams are still on a high from their last holiday (let’s see how long this elation lasts some wonder!). Yet with all this renewed energy for every new year that comes and every January that brings with it promises of a better world, and all that we find ourselves transfixed with the daily conundrums of working life.

Hypothetical scenario:

You find out your boss has passed you up for promotion and instead offered you another role. A “strategic” role they say. Except that you’re not nearly as busy as you were; you don’t have a team anymore and you’re sidelined from many projects. What’s “strategic” about that you think? You’re angry about this. How can they do that you think. You storm in to your co-workers office and vent your heart out. Your blood is boiling and you can’t fathom speaking to anyone right now until your hissy fit is over.

Fast-forward to the next day; and the boss arrives back from a week-long corporate retreat. Guess who is first in line to greet said dismissive boss but you! Suddenly you’ve developed amnesia and forgotten about what they’d done and you’re literally fawning over “the boss” and two steps away from polishing their shoes.

Seriously?! What happened??

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