Giving thanks

A few months ago, I posted about Motivation, which was about a recent change in roles and managers at work.

Well… in spite of our great work together, and the amazing results I was able to get in the past couple of months under his leadership, I unfortunately did not survive yet another reorg at the team.

We got a new leader (my manager’s skip level) in September, who came as a hurricane to revamp the team, the processes, the tools….

 

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For the past 2 weeks, we’re having people announcing they are leaving every other day. At least!

Tuesday was my turn and below is the email I sent (names removed for privacy).

Today is the first day of November, and being Thanksgiving month, I’d like to list here a few things I’m grateful for.

I’m grateful for the past 10 years, 8 months and 19 days I’ve been part of the <company> family.
I’m grateful for all the amazing friends I had here throughout those years.
I’m grateful for M. H., for being such an awesome person and inspiring manager and for guiding me on the transition from IPE to PM role.
I’m grateful for B. and N. for their guidance during my localizer/engineering career at <company>.
I’m grateful for miss V. and her ability to make so many lives better at <company>, and also for HR for allowing her to better those lives at the campus.
I’m (very!!!) grateful for the nice paychecks and great benefits <company> had provided me on all those years.

That said, I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that next week, on November 9th, a long and fun chapter in the book of my life will come to an end, with it being my last day at <company>.
The next chapter is still to be written and at this point I have no idea what stories it’s going to tell. I decided to take some time to be the nanny for my own kids, and I’m pretty sure that will account for amazingly good stories, just like the ones on the chapters past.
I leave the company with a light heart and a peace of mind, and also the certainty that I’m taking with me a lot of good experiences and lessons from the past years that will stay with me forever.

Thank you to you all from the bottom of my heart!

On the day I sent the email I received soooo many nice and heart melting responses that I stayed up until past midnight trying to answer them all and crying like a baby on some of them.

Now, I’m getting busy in documenting my projects, transferring the ones for which we have already decided on an owner and having lunches and happy hours with different groups.

Then next Wednesday that will be it, and my life will change radically as I become full-time mom, for at least a few months until I find myself another job out of the home.

(and good news is that I’ll have plenty of time to go back into blogging! yay!)

Motivation

Nope, this is not one of those self-help kinda posts.

It may also be too early to talk about it, but I just wanted to share that I am finally happy and excited to come to work, after 10 years at the company.

Well… the first year was good.

Then, the job changed a bit and I started to dread it. Almost quit a few times, but the good paycheck spoke louder.

Then, at the end of last year, the job and the manager changed again.

I was initially excited about the job change, and about taking different projects; but my manager, although good in creating processes and making a difference on how things were being done, was not much of a people’s manager. So I spend 6 months reporting to him and feeling completely lost on the new role, not knowing what to do and not getting any help from him on that aspect.

Then he left and we got a new manager.

Oh My Gosh!!! I like this new guy!

I had only 2 meetings with him. After our very first meeting, he right away helped me find work (I was bored to death with nothing to do, amidst people who were drowning on work). We also talked about mentoring briefly on that first meeting, and then yesterday, on our second meeting, I mentioned it again and he right away found myself a mentor on someone he has worked before and thinks would be a good match.

And that may sound weak and little, but it does make a huge difference in inspiring me and motivating me to come to work.

I don’t like coming to work to be bored; I’d rather be bored at home… I’m also not very proactive in knocking a people’s door and randomly asking if they need help. And because it’s a new job, with different tasks and responsibilities I was feeling lost and insecure and I really needed some guidance, which I’m finally getting now.

Hopefully I won’t need that level of guidance for long, but I do need it now and this new guy is giving me just the right amount of it (not too little that I still don’t feel empowered to do work, but also not too much that feels he is baby sitting me).

So I finally feel like a have a good inspiring manager.

And that’s an amazing feeling!

Let’s see how it goes….

coaching

Versing

This week, I’m trying to participate for the first time on the Weekly Writing Prompt, hosted by The Secret Keeper.

In this prompt we are supposed to write in any form (fiction or poetry) using the 5 provided words.

This week’s words are:

| GIFT | COIN | VERSE | WORK | REASON |  

I typically write fiction in prose, as poetry is not in my comfort zone. But for this week’s words, and the story they inspired on me, I thought writing is verses would be more appropriate. So I tried…

I wrote a story that’s being told in 5 haikus. Each haiku containing one of the prompt words.

They are haikus in metrics, not so much in essence, but I guess it worked ok-ish.

Let me know what you think.


 

Versing

She had a cool gift.
Did something no one else could.
The gift of speaking!

Not normal speaking.
She always spoke in verse,
and never in prose.

For that same reason,
they offered her a nice job
that would make her rich.

Her work was easy.
All she had to was to speak,
entertaining guests.

With that she would earn
a coin that would allow to
buy her love a gift.

 

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Sad day at work?

Today is sort of a sad day at work.

My good friend Michael is leaving the company and going to a competitor.

I do believe the change will be great for him, as his new job will be more in line with what he enjoys and his position will be a better one. Salary will also be higher and being on a smaller team will mean less politics to deal with.

But I still feel sad about not having him around starting tomorrow.

Since I started in the company he’s always been my reference for everything and anything. He’s kind, smart, sweet.

Here’s the email I sent yesterday in response to his announcement email (it was one of the many that his email generated in the team):

Disclaimer: there will be lots of references to processes and tools at work (but no leaks!), which you may not get fully, but that’s just the nature of a working email…

February 14th 2006 was my first day in the office at building 24 (I started on the 13th but that was NEO day).

That day I learned I was going to share my office with someone. And that someone was Michael.

I couldn’t have asked for a better person to share an office with.

So since the very beginning of my life at the company I’ve been a great fan of Michael.

For his personality, his intelligence, his scripting solutions (I used to use some of his quick solutions he created for French in the Brazilian files and they helped a lot).

Since then Michael became my to-go person for getting things done in a very smart way. I once ‘dumped’ a tool another LIP team kindly shared with us because the one Michael came up with was MUCH more efficient.

I’m an enthusiastic user and advertiser of ASSET for obvious reasons (the thing IS awesome!).

I have Michael as our family official Valentine singer, as he has sang to me and to my husband a few times in the past years.

We talk about everything a little bit and I really like it. I remember once he asked me how come the X in Portuguese sounded like ‘sh’. If it was influence from the Turkish. Heck, I had no idea, but just the fact that he would even think about such a question to ask made me admire him even more.

Then when I started working with LIPs I remember him trying to convince me that we had to have a LIP in Esperanto!

Because that’s Michael.

A guy who is always in a good mood, always willing to help and who can easily talk about whatever.

So anyways, I’m not great in writing emails like this, but I felt I couldn’t leave it without one.

The most important thing here is that I’ll (I’m sure we all will) miss him like crazy and, although I’m excited about this new opportunity for him, I feel really sad to see him go.

 

I’ll miss you Michael!!!!!

I was a great pleasure to have you around all those years!!!

Totally me

I just need to take the step to leave… But already working on that. Slowly but going…

http://zenpencils.com/comic/128-bill-watterson-a-cartoonists-advice/

With a written (on email) permission from Gavin, I copied the file and placed here, with the promise of providing the proper credits.
So here you go:

The words are copyrighted to Bill Waterson and the drawings are copyrighted to Gavin Aung Than

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Zen Pencils © Gavin Aung Than 2013. All Zen Pencils artwork © Gavin Aung Than 2013. All quotes © their respective owners.

Creating a logo

I don’t work with marketing or anything of the sort.

But in my work team, we have a small group, in which I’m included, that works to promote, educate people and provide services on using a tool developed by one of the member of the group (not me!).
The tool has been around for a couple of years already but, so far, it has only been available within our team.

Earlier this week, we were finally able to publish it to the company’s internal toolbox, so anyone in the entire company, from any team, can have access to it and use it for their needs.

And this is so freaking cool!!!

But on the website where it’s published we have the option to add a logo, which is something we did not have before. So in the past 2 days, in spite of being extremely busy trying to prepare to leave on vacations, I decided to spend some time in creating some options.

I did 2, on different styles:

  • one on a style more in line with the Windows classic desktop applications
  • the other more in line with the style of Windows 8 and Windows Phone tiles.

Then another person in the group also put up a third option for voting.

Now the 8 members of our little group are voting.
So far we have 3 votes for the tile-style, 2 for the classic one and none for the other guy’s contribution.
And the developer of the tool hasn’t voted yet (although he already told me that he’s torn between my tile-style one and the other guy’s option).

I’m loving it!

Thought of the day

What the heck am i doing in here????

Not that I don’t like my job. I just don’t think it’s the job for me….

But if not this one, then what?
What else can I do? (yeah, yeah… quite a lot of stuff I know, but would them be enough to get me a job?)
What motivates me?
What do I WANT to do???

Don’t know….
😦