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Submitted by thomis on


When I get into a new job, I start out with incredible enthusiasm and bond really quickly with management and my peers. This euphoria will last three to five years depending on the job. I get a advancements, promotions etc. like clock work. then, enter new management and before I know it, I hate my job and productivity inevitably suffers.

Twice? OK that is just bad luck but now I am staring to experience the problem a the third consecutive time in 15 years and realizing that I will be leaving the company because I didn't get along with the new management for the THIRD TIME! Now clearly there is something wrong with the way I approach this kind of change. I generally embrace change but when it comes to who I report to, it all seems to fall a apart. In the latest example, the new management is energized, highly capable and delivering results very quickly. They might not be the best team player but they're probably better than me. Everyone around me doesn't have a  problem with him but my skin crawls whenever we interact.... just like my last job before I left! Thanks to Mike and Mark's pod casts, I have managed to keep professional as I contemplate my exit. Any thoughts on how I can overcome this monkey on my back before I just move on; destine to repeat the problem? Even if this job can't be saved, I would like to know what is wrong before I turn my resume in for Wendii's review.

bug_girl's picture

Is it possible that you simply get bored once you have mastered a job, and need new challenges? I.e,  new mgmt is correlated, but not the cause?

I have several friends that are serial entrepreneurs--between them they have started at least 8 companies. Once the company is up and going...they loose interest and move onto a new project. 

Big props to you for seeing the problem as internal, not external!!  I wish more folks were capable of that much introspection :)

MsSunshine's picture

One piece of information that could help is you say "Enter new management".  What do you mean?  Is the company bought?  Do you just get a new boss?  At what level and to what extent is the scope of the "new management".

The answer to that would be key in whether it's a loss of control type issue to me or a smaller company going to a bigger one or .....

thomis's picture
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Great question. In this case, our organization has gone from two to three principle owners. so its not technically new management but additional management. Thanks.

ashdenver's picture

It's possible that you seek out (for the sake of argument) work situations where C's dominate so when things change and maybe an I component or big D component get added / swapped in, you find it uncomfortable - choosing to find another C-oriented atmosphere.

If it's something "simple" like that -- the three change-leaders were of a very similar nature -- then you might be able to use some of the MT tools to come up with ways to work around this newest guy or at least shift your perspective & become more accepting to your current situation.

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