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Old 10-15-2014, 09:17 AM   #61
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Give the OP a break. Unlike you (and I agree with you), most of us thought we were pretty important in our jobs while we still had them.
I don't think I was being hard on the OP. He asked for advice and I (repeatedly) gave it to him. I just think he's committed to his original course of action. It may work out for him. If I had ever tried a similar approach when in a management role, I don't think it would have worked out for me. He has chosen what he believes is the "honorable" way that does what he believes is right for his organization. I'd like to hear how it really does play out even though it's well over a year in the future.

I'm not sure what the second sentence means. I've repeatedly put in posts about my significant management position that I typically describe as "when I thought I was important." I used to think I was a key individual but it was clearly demonstrated to me that no one is important when the right people get pissed off at you for whatever reason they choose.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:27 AM   #62
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20 months to go and MegaCorp has big plans for me!

I am actually both a manager and a highly skilled design engineer. I direct an entire business unit that I started internally that they previously struggled with and yet I am also 95% directly billable production as well. Despite the finger in water analogy given, I know they will clearly suffer as they have been praising my arrival since the day I started. I have fixed many previously neglected problems and started a smooth highly profitable design discipline that they relied on third parties prior who messed up almost everything they touched. Hence the nice bonuses and company wide respect. It's been a perfect fit and highly win win for all parties. Problem is that at year 4-5 at anyplace I go my reputation starts to work against me. I have to be very skilled at not only doing the projects I accept and spread amounts my group, but also in workload strategy and knowing what and who to turn down without burning bridges.


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I am actually both a manager and a highly skilled design engineer. I direct an entire business unit that I started internally that they previously struggled with and yet I am also 95% directly billable production as well. Despite the finger in water analogy given, I know they will clearly suffer as they have been praising my arrival since the day I started. I have fixed many previously neglected problems and started a smooth highly profitable design discipline that they relied on third parties prior who messed up almost everything they touched. Hence the nice bonuses and company wide respect. It's been a perfect fit and highly win win for all parties. Problem is that at year 4-5 at anyplace I go my reputation starts to work against me. I have to be very skilled at not only doing the projects I accept and spread amounts my group, but also in workload strategy and knowing what and who to turn down without burning bridges.
Sounds like you love your job and are irreplaceable.
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I'm not sure what the second sentence means. I've repeatedly put in posts about my significant management position that I typically describe as "when I thought I was important." I used to think I was a key individual but it was clearly demonstrated to me that no one is important when the right people get pissed off at you for whatever reason they choose.
I merely meant that most of us had to wait until we left the job to realize that our importance to the business was purely in our heads. You've managed to learn the lesson earlier, while still employed.
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I'll take on 1099 projects at double my rate after a few months off ONLY with my favorite Project managers.
I assume that you are being facetious, given your previous remark that you "plan to NEVER work for someone else again".

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There is an advantage for me to tell somewhT earlier than just a few weeks. I work on projects and get asked all the time to take on another. That decision is partly my own based on my availability. At some point its going to be nice to put it simply " can't take on your project, I'm retiring from the company in x weeks. "
Perhaps. But if I were you I would just say "can't take on your project, I'm too busy with my current load". That would accomplish the same end, but wouldn't have the same risks.

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I assume that you are being facetious, given your previous remark that you "plan to NEVER work for someone else again".





Perhaps. But if I were you I would just say "can't take on your project, I'm too busy with my current load". That would accomplish the same end, but wouldn't have the same risks.




No. I might I'd work on occassional projects for spending money when it fits into my schedule. I'm my own boss at that point. Totally third party project deliverable. There is no "man" factor anymore.


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