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So much has happened...

Well, just an update of sorts, because it has been so long.

First and foremost, my yearly review at work didn't go as well as I planned. Although my boss agreed that I dedicated a lot of time and effort to accomplishing objectives which no one ever documented but just verbally stated. I didn't meet the verbally stated objectives based on how he feels where my projects should have been versus where they are now. So he decided to lower my rating from last year.

However, my manager in the US doesn't fully agree with that assessment that my Swedish manager made. And I fully disagree for two reasons. First, if it isn't written down, then how do I know what measurements to meet. Verbal objectives can't be measured and tracked for progress. And it's a subjective measurement based on unobjective criteria. Second, it's about span of control. Everyone should always execute the tasks that they are given, and while it is disappointing if you don't, the next question is understanding if that person can prove that they did everything in their power to accomplish their task. It's about span of control.

So I think I have support to escalate this up to worldwide executive review, but we'll see.

In other work news, my projects are going along very well, and I think that I will actually be able to accomplish both projects this year, but I have to raise a few issues and get the deadlines changed because they seem unrealistic. But I plan to work on those issues next week.

In personal news, I've decided to continue Swedish studies in April 2004. I need to be traveling between February and March, so it makes sense to take them once I know that my travel is down back to the 15-20% level. And then I have to decide whether I want to join my family on a cruise to St. Thomas this summer. I have to think about it some.

Anyway, that's all I will write for now. Take care everyone and talk soon.

Love, Rodney


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Jan. 19th, 2004 02:44 am (UTC)
ask your manager what he thinks about the worldwide executive review. you certainly don't deserve a lower rating.
Jan. 19th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
well...i am wondering if it is worth it...i can argue a lot of things, but his mind is made up. i just now know a lot for the future and told him that he won't get away with his crap rating again. We've scheduled bi-monthly reviews and establish a project and communications plan...a "new" phrase I am calling "Expectations Management"
Jan. 20th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
haha sounds more like "Management management" to me.
Jan. 24th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
Hello there, dear friend. I'm still working on catching up ... so forgive the late-ness of this comment.

I do think that's is perfectly reasonable for you to ask him to make some form of financial contribution ... given the earnings differences and whatnot, I might think that you should just determine what's fair usage, and go with that. The one caution I would have is on the presentation of "the rules" ... if it starts to sound "parental", such as "I know you don't make much, but I want you to learn the value of sharing a home, so you put in $14 a month while I contribute the other $400" ... it won't go over well. I'm not saying, of course, that this is how you would present it, for I know you are much smarter and wiser than that (than even I am, I think) ... but people, as you know, can misinterperet things easily.

And that, good sir, is my $0.02.
Jan. 25th, 2004 03:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice....I never thought of it that way because that is totally not the perspective that I mean it from.

We kinda sorta talked about it this week, speaking about it more like "it would be cool if" than "rules" per se. But I know he feels the same way I do because he's been spending a lot of money on me this week as if he's trying to make things sqaure. Which normally I would like except with him...at least not until he's more financially stable (which will take him another 4-5 weeks)
Jan. 26th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you have things mapped out. Cool.

On another note, I feel as if I should tell Maha about my little "secret" ... we seem to have become pretty close in terms of friends ... but at the same time, I don't know how she will react. She keeps telling me how she thinks that I remind her of you and Steve. Any advice?
Feb. 7th, 2004 04:14 am (UTC)
Shite! I totally missed this in my e-mail, but I think you told her by now.

No worries about Maha...you can tell her and you know what, she'll forget all about it.

I can remember us bringing her to mixed clubs and she was totally oblivious.
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