[personal profile] rosa_heartlily
 So, I've sung my new(ish) line manager's praises a few times and I'm going to do it again.  It is just SO nice to have someone I feel understands what I'm trying to say AND who has lots of constructive things to say in response.  I also think he's getting as much of a kick out of mentoring me as I am getting out of being mentored by him.  I also think it's come as a bit of a surprise to him, which would only make the kick more... kick-y.

I had my annual appraisal thing (personal development and performance review) with him yesterday, which went very well.  I have some ACTUAL short term and long term goals!  Things I can work towards!  Something that says, 'the way from here to there is via these steps'!!!  After YEARS of treading water, not helped by the lack of interest from my former line-manager (not to mention the three or four before him!), it finally feels like I have a direction.

And yes, I have changed line managers like other people change their socks.  My current line manger is my 11th in 16 years.  Most of them would happily have supported any personal development I wanted to undertake - but I had to identify what I wanted to develop and how.  Only a couple - the current one and one that I consider partly responsible for my current woes but who I loved at the time - have shown any interest in helping with the identification stage. 

I also have to own up to the fact that I'm not a person who takes well to being managed, which was where one line manager ran into trouble; she seemed to think I should respect her and do whatever she said simply BECAUSE she was my line manager.  Er... no...  I do respond well to a leader but, again, only a couple have come anywhere near that description (the same two).

But I am not going to dwell on the past.  We have a plan for moving forward and I am going to embrace it and run with it.
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