1. I am really looking forward to a week and change off work in mid-August. I am planning on sleeping. And running. And trying not to melt while hanging out in South Dakota. Amy needs some R&R
2. I just registered for my last class of of my Master’s degree coursework as well as my Terminal Project. In six months, this journey will be done and I will have earned my MS. Of course, graduation won’t be for another six months after that, but I can still use those letters, right?
3. As of yesterday afternoon, I am now officially a manager-type person. I have meetings with three of my four direct reports next Monday. Three of my new peeps are going to be awesome to work with – I am so exciting to find out their strengths, help them with their weaknesses, and work with them on their professional development. The fourth? Is so not excited to be reporting to me. In the meeting where it was announced, he started….well, if it wasn’t a grown-up, I would have called it sulking. I think he will be a very interesting challenge. And challenges are good, right? Growth experiences and all? Any advice for a new manager of a possibly recalcitrant employee with a track record of poor performance?
* all photos were found by searching my 3 things key words for Creative Commons licensed photos at Flickr