This morning I had the coaching session with my immediate supervisor. Overall it went well, except when he asked me if I would consider going to the next level - that of country director. I suppose it's good that he thinks highly of me and my capabilities, but:
Nyet. Non. Nein.
Can I be any more emphatic?
I like being able to hang out with my colleagues without hierarchy or protocol intervening. I prefer working on the programming side rather than the finance/admin side.
I abhor meetings. Signing papers doesn't do it for me. And I'm stuck in the office as it is.
I'm not ambitious. Yeah, sure, more money is always nice but I can't imagine doing something I just don't like, and wouldn't be good at, just for a bigger paycheck.
Sometimes it's hard to convey that I'm happy where I am when everyone else is climbing upwards...in my cohort (I entered as a fellow/intern 7 years ago) I'm the only one who hasn't reached country director level.
Maybe it's a cross-cultural thing too, as I'm sure my boss (who's Burkinabé) hasn't met many unambitious Americans like myself!
On June 21st, 2006 02:28 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Yeah, I hear you. Management -- we're all supposed to want it! But it seems the same across all professions: having "vision" and a thorough knowledge of your field is important, but it also requires a whole different skill set. It's good that you know yourself well enough to say no!
i agree with congogirl that it's great feedback. i imagine it will become harder to resist a promotion as someone with good experience and prepared to work far flung places.
i understand the desire just to enjoy your job, but management can be fun as well. i did it for a number of years an loved it, but moved on for similar reasons... that the *next* level up didn't appeal to me.
hey... you got that peanut chicken recipe handy? i'm in aus now and want to introduce my friends to a bit of african food but i only brought one of H's recipes with me and don't remember where your recipe was posted...
I think people confuse "pleasant demeanor" with "competence." I'm just good at faking it, really.
Plus I just don't like people. I'd rather organize your closets.
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Enjoy Oz and good luck with all that you have to do there!