Friday, September 21, 2012

I've been blown (away)

Johnny, Angry Johnny.....
At least that's what is running through my head currently.

Yesterday, somewhere around noon, I had pretty much made up my mind as to what I was going to do.  I didn't want to tip my hat one way or the other but my mind was leaning pretty heavily in one direction (and lets just admit it, when a fan man leans over there isn't much that will change his direction).

So, most of my writing and thought processes were weighing positives and negatives just to see if there was anything out there that could change my mind.  Around 5:30 I received a call from my current Store Manager who pretty much confirmed everything I was thinking  during our conversation.

So, now that everything is finalized . dot . dot . dot...

I cancelled my 2nd interview and decided to go with my first job offer even before they called me to give me the financial information.
I decided to take the road less traveled, break my comfort zone and take the position with More Departments, More responsibility - the one that is going to challenge me more.

Looking back on things I perform better when I'm being challenged.  I become complacent when I am in a position that is no longer a challenge and I think this is a big reason why I have worked in so many different departments and held so many positions.  My last position was by far the most challenging one I have been a part of in my time with the company and I think I have excelled further with this position than anywhere else (including previous management positions).  I've been in there for almost two years though and I know it was time for a change.

Over the course of my 2 years in that position I have developed a lot of trust from pretty much the entire store and especially the Management Team.  My Store Manager and my HR (whom I have only known for the past few months) have both challenged me and pushed me at work recently and I feel I have performed quite well which is why they both pushed me in this current direction.  This will help me tremendously when I am ready to take the next step to salaried manager as my background will then include pretty much the entire selling floor plus some non selling areas.  In all actuality I will be more well rounded that most anyone else in the store other than the Store Manager!

I owe a tremendous amount of debt to my current Store and Human Resource Managers for helping me to get where I am.  I am looking forward to starting my new position.

So, I will have a great vacation and afterwards I will be starting my new position at my new store where I will encounter a whole lot of new challenges.  There are some familiar faces going into this new store which will help make the transition easier but 90% of the store will be new to me, most of the management team will be new to me and most importantly the customer base will be new to me.

And, on a final note - as my HR text me - sometimes Patience does pay off.
About a year ago I was turned down for this exact position in my current store.  I was greatly disappointed but resolved to work harder, be noticed and have better results next time.
My hard work was rewarded with a temporary promotion (and pay raise) before being moved back to my current position (keeping my raise).  I dedicated myself to impressing those around me and showing what I actually bring to the table instead of just resting on my knowledge of the company and coasting by.
One year later I get the promotion with a big raise.  Pretty much everything in life is going my way and it's a damned awesome feeling!

this have been very not grrouchie and you all have my apologies.  I'm sure I'll find something in the very near future to complain about.
grrouch out


  1. You say "complacent" and "just coasting" like those are bad things : ) Congratulations on the promotion. It's always nice to see hard work and performance actually get rewarded.


    1. I, officially, will be working hard for the money

      At least temporarily

  2. Congratulations and good luck. I'm sure you will do extremely well.

    I hope you told them you need to leave early most days to drink beer, watch football, play poker and video games, and chase hookers.

    1. Hookers came up during the interview process.
      They asked me if I had any hobbies and I asked if Hookers and Blow were considered hobbies or not.

      I did tell them that I have a curfew and a few addictions, but they thought I was pretty snazzy and offered me the job anyway

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    1. thanks man - moving into uncharted territory and I'm sure my growing pains will give me a lot to talk about here

  4. Congrats -- sounds like you made a great decision!!

    1. Only time will tell if it's a great decision but right now it really feels like I'm on top of the world.