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Old 04-15-2007, 07:36 AM   #21
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Re: Should I, or shouldn't I

Tootimid -

You are probably precieved as an interloper from corporate by the subsidiary CEO and others at the organization. I am not sure... but it sounds like you are there to facilitate some change (new strategy is change). You are on their turf. They resent that the smart guy from corporate showed up. Plus, there may be some slight cultural differences at work.

Here is the thing. If you are working strategy, most of those inititatives take a few years to implement. If it fails, you will be well into the 4 year countdown. Plus, things are probably not as bleak as they feel right now. You are the new guy. If you have new ideas and/or upset the status quo... you can expect some flak. Plus, you never know if you got the job that a local favorite did not. People could be giving you a hard time due to that. You will probably never really know the reasons for the underlying dynamics. You need to identify some allies (insiders). Here is a mistake that I have observed. The hotshot shows up with many new ideas. Some are good, and some are probably a bit niave (lack of local knowledge). You might need to step back and try to let others have a stake in the process. Most people take the point of view "What's in it for me". You can always take the safe route and implement the strategy that the CEO prefers. I am sure he show his cards!

If you are dilligent and you stick to your guns. Be above board and fair. You will prevail. Just do the appropriate CYA just in case. Don't blink... play the card game and the hand you have. But do not limit your future options or ideas to the current situation.

You always have another option that is open to you. Spend another year at the job and begin looking for an opportunity back home in the same company or another. You can always use the excuse that the UK relo was not what you and family expected (family support network, etc.). No one will question it. You can paint the opportunity as a growth opportunity that you can leverage back home. New insights, etc...

If the CEO of the sub is a real @ssh*le (got it in for you). You can pay back the favor when you get back to corporate. One or two bad years on the income, and he will be weak and on the ropes. Eventually that will happen!


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Re: Should I, or shouldn't I
Old 04-15-2007, 10:10 AM   #22
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You don't sound tootimid to me. Honestly I stopped reading your short post when you said it quit being fun. Thats pretty much my story. Before starting (then ER'ing from) my own business I was a corporate climber and the higher I got, the clearer the view. I have a cast iron stomach, but what I saw made me sick. I don't need to write about any of it. You already get it. Grab the Maalox or run for your life!


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Old 04-15-2007, 06:20 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by tootimid
However, has anyone FiRED early and thought wow that is the best thing that happened even if it was below thier target income? Just curious.
Spouse did that by leaving active duty for the Reserves and delaying her pension by about 20 years. It works out to about $750K down the toilet.

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Old 04-16-2007, 05:42 AM   #24
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One more data point for you. Similar situation for me only more compressed time frame (16 months) and a more challenging situation. I sold my very small startup biz to a small foreign public company last summer. A new CEO took over the day after we closed. He had nothing to do with the deal, and we have actually had several outright nasty encounters. This is the guy I directly report to. You would think with the typical thick skin required of building a startup from scratch this would be a cake walk, but I have gotten sick several times already. It's easy to talk about getting in the right frame of mind but not always easy to implement.

For what it is worth I am sticking it out unless I get canned sooner, I am limiting the amount of ridiculus BS I agree to, and I've aleady shifted my primary communication to other senior staff. I lost a bunch of weight this winter just to have control over something. :P At least there is 6000+ miles separation distance. My verdict is that no matter what decision you make there is always some price to pay. Best of luck. [the older brother of one of my partners just finished a tour as British Ambassador to Uzbekistan; now there is a tough job]

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