Sunday, August 19, 2007

It's Getting Real


Image from Commercial Debt Consultants.

With the signing of some tuition reimbursement papers, this entry into graduate school is quickly becoming "real".

This is an excerpt from an e-mail I sent to a friend about going to school:
I have decided to take the plunge and start BGI this fall. I have to admit that I am a bit worried since I am doing this as somewhat of a "Maverick" [bad word?]. My manager understands my desire to pursue an advanced degree, but I have only been on board since last December and I have not established my street cred as deeply as I would like. That said, if I cannot convince people internally that we have to take action regarding sustainable biz, then it's really not the right place for me anyway. In a perfect world, I'd be in an org. that wants to pursue susbiz and I would be the investment/catalyst with management buy-in. On the other hand, I think this will be a good management and political learning experience that will serve me well in the future. I can completely understand his concern for my overcommitment to school & work...and he has been open and honest with his thoughts that if he perceives that I am slacking with work, it will be time to make a choice. I am planning NOT to reach that point. For once, I am optimistic and excited...though bouts of anxiety creep into my consciousness almost daily.
Some "real world" comments from my manager boils down to this (I have paraphrased):
I have...concerns about your ability to devote the effort needed for BOTH this academic pursuit and your job...If this interferes with your job, I will likely ask you to choose between continued employment and this program.
His comments are completely fair. He is ultimately responsible for hitting revenue targets for the company, therefore, as a good functional manager, he is focused on that goal. It's his responsibility to keep me on task as well. I am very grateful for his support, considering I am a relatively new employee. I guess I am stupid enough to give this a go. Heck, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

1 comment:

Joni Taylor said...

Hardly a "little stupid." More intelligent than most and going after something is courageous and commendable. I am a fan and look forward to future tales of how you will make a difference with what you learn. You're a champ Wayne-O!