Thursday, March 20, 2008

Life is Good!

I know it's been a while since my last post and I apologize to my fellow turtles out there. It's been over two months at my new job and life is very good so far!

A fellow Turtle commented in an earlier post and wanted to know the difference between my new job vs. my old job. Let me see....

New Job: Freedom to make real change vs. Old Job: Suffocation by lazy upper manager

New Job: I actually get feedback & encouragement vs. Old Job: Beatdown after beatdown

New Job: Paid What I'm Worth vs. Old Job: Paid like I was a grocery store bagger.

New Job: My boss is inspiring vs. Old Job: My boss was old, fat, stupid, lazy and demotivating

New Job: I can't wait to go to work vs. Old Job: I couldn't wait for the day to end

New Job: I'm a Wolf vs. Old Job: I was a Turtle

My advice to any Turtle is really explore and understand what kind of company, environment and work you are. It is only after you have done some self assessment will you be able to find a company that fits who you are and what you do. When I was looking to leave my past company I really wanted to make sure I didn't just jump from one bad situation to another (see post Out of the Frying Pan). I really sat down and tried to understand why I was unhappy and what would make me happy. I came to realize that working for large companies with too many chiefs (and not enough indians) was not for me. That was one of the major factors in finding my new company and making the right decision. My self assessment paid off because my mindset, personality and work style fit a smaller company. Hopefully this advise helps some fellow turtles out there.

Turtle King


It still the Honeymoon period. I wonder what your posts will be in 6 months. Enjoy it while it lasts.

You sound like a someone from my old company. Always trying to bring me down. Do you work for AWI?

I doubt this is just a honeymoon. I've made a great choice because I'm in the right environment for me. It's the same feeling I had when I met my wife. I just knew it was right and we've been married happily for over 10 years.

Turtle King

i'm happy for you king turtle, and who said that a honeymoon can't last forever? ok, my mother has said it... many times. but she's a sheep a crowd follower. not a turtle and not a wolf.

considering the turtles at work philosophy intermingled with the wolf at work attitude its the ying and yang of darn near perfect harmony.though harmony is not exactly bliss it could result in monotony and excruciating boredom.

hell that's not good.

for your sake i hope that the pleasant environment at your new job becomes moderately ugly and somewhat convoluted before the deep freeze sets in. i wouldn't want you to crack under the pressure of boredom.

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