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Old 05-12-2006, 01:31 PM   #21
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When my boss left it was considered "catastrophic". Wined and dined him hoping to lure him back.

Had his job 7 years, called him one time - at the request of the dept. head - to ask "where's the Christmas card list". Thought that was fitting since he doesn't celebrate Christmas.

Now it's my turn ... been gone 7 months and not waiting for thier call.
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Re: On Being Indispensable
Old 05-12-2006, 01:34 PM   #22
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Now it's my turn ... been gone 7 months and not waiting for thier call.
OK, I'll bite. Where did you put the list?

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speak of the devil. i actually just got this email last night...

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Just wanted to drop you a quick note to see how you are enjoying retirement? Hope you are doing well? Missed you at the annual meeting this past April. Just wasn't the same without you there. Boring as all get up as usual. (insert name of creep old boss here) was his usual self. Still here chugging away. Nothing's changed. Actually it got worse.
Am currently seeking employment outside of (insert name of hellhole old place of biz here). Gotta get out before I go crazy. Anyway, hope you are enjoying yourself and doing lots of travelling. Take care and write sometime.
even when you know you did the right thing, it's always nice to get confirmation.
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Old 05-12-2006, 05:09 PM   #25
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For me it's only been 2 weeks, but I got my first call today - "what do I do about this data, the user says it's wrong?" I have no doubt that my other former coworkers could easily handle the problem, so I'm not chalking that one up to being indispensible. My husband tells me to tell them to buzz off, but since I'm technically still on the payroll (collecting vacation money) I didn't care. I did let the boss know, though, as she needs more ammo to prove that this person should be moved to a different department. Mostly they can handle everything without me, I'm sure (just not as much of it ).

I had lunch today with some of the people I worked with 10 years ago. It was fun, like old times. But I heard "I'm so jealous!" from more than one of them.

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Government and military organizations are used to regular turnover, and when it's the big boss they all hunker down until he/she makes it clear what is important to the new regime. And everybody re-aligns a little and keeps on keeping on.

Having been just one of nearly 1,000 people who left my organization within a two year period (20% turnover) it is humorous to watch the newly promoted work with the other newly promoted as they all try to reinvent the wheel. Everything is new under the sun for them but they come up with "new ideas" that were tried twenty or more years ago.
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I hear more often from those who were laid off at my former company than those who are still there. No, not coz they have more time (they almost all got new jobs). In some cases they're wondering if I'd like to do some editing for their new place. Nice compliment, but...AS IF!!

hmmm...1am...why am I here so late? I'm waiting up...My son is at my daughter's fiance's bachelor party--pub crawl in Charleston followed by poker at Wild Dunes resort where the groomsmen are staying, followied by retching walking on the beach under the full moon. My daughter is at her bachelorette(?) party at Wild Dunes (where bridemaids are staying) followed by a romp at the beach. She actually came home aolmost an hour ago to get something and left again. They both told me not to worry if they didn;t come home till the wee hours or even till 5am(!). Yikes! The Mommy business never ends, it seems. My "kids" are 30 and almost 27. I raelly have to go to sleep--need to be at my cousin's at 8am to make the flower arrangements. nighty-night.
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So much for being indispensable.*
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A man that I consider indispensable recently retired. The first thing that happened: Someone blamed him for a mistake they had made.

When I stepped down from management back to worker bee, the director said that he thought everyone would lose because I was indispensable. I told him that if I were to drop dead that day, no one would notice. I have observed this to usually be true.
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it is humorous to watch the newly promoted work with the other newly promoted as they all try to reinvent the wheel. Everything is new under the sun for them but they come up with "new ideas" that were tried twenty or more years ago.
That is an accurate assessment of government agencies and, probably, any large organization. I new I needed to go when I found myself tempted to quash enthusiasm with "we tried that 20 years ago and it didn't work." I guess that was about when the BS bucket got to heavy to hold.
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During the time I was struggling to become comfortable with leaving my career and beginning ER, the final chain I broke free from was the need to feel that I was "indispensable."* I'm not.* You're not.* Nobody is.*

Letting go is tough!* But when you do, you can feel the stress leave your body like a fresh breeze replacing stagnant air.

Leave the negative feelings behind in your cube.* Hanging onto the personal and professional struggles of your working life hoping for some kind of belated revenge or feeling of having been right all along will eat at you like a cancer.

Let it go.* Get on with life!* Enjoy!
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Youbet, you bet. That is where I was going. There is no point using the "I'm indispensable" excuse, because it simply isn't true.

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A man that I consider indispensable recently retired. The first thing that happened: Someone blamed him for a mistake they had made.
That seems to prove that indeed, he is indispensable. Who else would take the blame?

This is why ex-Presidents receive both a pension and a Secret-Service escort for the rest of their lives...
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Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.


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it is humorous to watch the newly promoted work with the other newly promoted as they all try to reinvent the wheel.* Everything is new under the sun for them but they come up with "new ideas" that were tried twenty or more years ago.
* Yep ... and they don't work this time either*
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Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.
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A while back one very bright and capable guy decided he was leaving our group at work. The VP seemed to really want him to stay, so he gave a 15 minute sickly sweet talk to the whole group about how great Barry was and how we should all try to be more like Barry. He was laying it in really thick... "When you are confronted with a difficult issue, you should ask yourself 'What would Barry do?' to find the right solution".

That slogan "What would Barry do?" became kind of an in joke whenever we encountered a difficult problem at work. The answer is of course is "F#$% this S&%@ I'm out of here!"
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Barry and I came to the same conclusion.

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I don't think I'm indispensible, and my company concurs... :
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'What would Barry do?'
"F#$% this S&%@ I'm out of here!"
You need to contact http://www.despair.com/ with this one.

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I had a dear friend who was a wonderful person, the type who would take the shirt off his back and give it to you. He was also very dedicated to work and missed a lot of time with his family giving into the demands of work.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died a horrible painful death at age 41 in a pretty short time.

Guess what happened at work. It went on. His cube was filled. His work was done by others. the company did not shut down. The funeral was packed, but people showed up to work the next day.

What will you leave behind?

#1, sorry I missed the soccer game/wedding anniversary/your birthday but I was busy at work. What a great guy, he really crunched the numbers and rolled out great programs and bubbled up ideas to management blah blah blah.

or

nice kids who are not perfect but know they are loved, loving relationship with your SO, making a difference in whatever charity has meaning to you, maybe a piece of art, or just others thinking wow, what a great person they are.

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