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10 January 2013 @ 01:28 pm
I asked my boss about expanding my scope for this year, and he had a couple of ideas right off the bat:

1. Expand our social programming to our other locations (Georgia, Texas, California, India)
2. Get me more involved in strategy, owning some business efforts that are currently kind of orphaned.

I probably can't do both, at least not directly, though I CAN have both of these things happening in my team (currently 5 of us, could go up another person or two this year). So, I'm torn.

The social programming is obviously more fun, and I'm quite strong at it. It would mean I would do a lot more travel this year, most of it to places I'd be excited about. I would continue to get to put on ridiculous and fun social events for geeks on someone else's dime.

On the other hand, getting more involved in the strategy is the option that most strongly embeds me with this company, increases my visibility outside of my department and at high levels, and broadens my options for promotion and if/when my boss ever moves on (to a place that I can't follow him). Also, I really enjoy the organizational planning and design that has come with this side of things, though there's also more tedious and/or frustrating work, and because it includes a lot more coordinating other people (some of whom are only moderately good at their jobs), it will be harder to succeed at it.

Obviously, what I really want is to find a way to do both. Possible? Who even knows.
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Randy Smithrandysmith on January 10th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
It's a great challenge to have. Good luck!
metaphortunate sonmetaphortunate on January 11th, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
I know right? What an awesome dilemma.

Maybe it's not a question of which you want to do, but which you want to do first?
unintentional baitredheadedmuse on January 10th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I love problems where both options are good, and I love getting a glimpse into your process as you're thinking about this. It's clear you're considering it carefully and I know you'll make great choices about how to move forward.
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ruthless compassion: cheersaroraborealis on January 10th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
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ruthless compassion: thinkyaroraborealis on January 10th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
We do have some folks who telecommute, though most of those started out as in-office employees who then went remote, BUT, it's not out of the question by any means. What's your favorite email address at the moment? I'll send more details.
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lazyz: cavedrawinglazyz on January 10th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
The people i have known who accomplished big things had big groups of dedicated young people to help them realize their vision. You can probably do both with the right staff. Most important is your priorities. I know you love your travel and free time as much (?) as your corporate responsibilities/challenges. Can't wait to hear what you decide.
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on January 10th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
Would you be able to point me toward job descriptions, if you're hiring? I've got a couple of theatre folk looking and this seems like the kind of company they'd be very interested in exploring.

Sounds like you have some exciting times ahead of you!
drwexdrwex on January 11th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Is it possible to split the baby?
Since both things need doing are there reasonable chunks to carve off in each area that you could (realistically) be expected to complete but that wouldn't overwhelm you with too much of the stuff you don't want?
phi: defaulttotient on January 11th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Faced with this kind of choice, I have always been happier when I chose the fun option.