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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.
Dili. (Cebuano)
La. (Arabic)
Oho. (Berber)

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.


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On June 20th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Oh man, I'm with you. I wouldn't mind going the tech. advisor route, but no way, no how, on the CR thing. That is great feedback, though.
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On June 21st, 2006 08:57 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yeah. I'd prefer to work in PQ. Unfortunately gender isn't something officially recognized....
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On June 21st, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
Argh. If only some funding were coming down the line and there were something in it for them, too...
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On June 20th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
I empathise completely. Sometimes job satisfaction is so much more important than money.
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On June 21st, 2006 08:59 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
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!
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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!

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On June 21st, 2006 09:00 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: No!
What I really want to say is: I don't like people!
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On June 21st, 2006 09:12 am (UTC), flemmarde commented:
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...
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On June 21st, 2006 09:58 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
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.

Here's the link:


Enjoy Oz and good luck with all that you have to do there!
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