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.