I have copied an email that, after I removed the names I received a couple of days ago and I honestly don't know howto respond. I was wondering if you all could give me some advice. :)
A little bit of background: I work at the Performing arts center with 4 theater and, over the course of 10 year, we have gone from hosting/producing 600 events per year to about 1,200.00 I have a full time staff of 7 and, due to volume, we are in the process of hiring 6 more technicians in various areas. I am the Supervisor of the department and I have 2 Technical Directors that oversee the show advancement, scheduling and facilitation. We are moving to a model where our existing personnel (1 from each department: lighting, audio, carpentry & video) would be the overall supervisor the the new people coming on board. The Master Lighting Technician (this individual) would be responsible for the processes and procedures of their department as well as the mentoring and training of the 4 lighting technicians (1 for each theater). He is a direct of one of the Technical Directors (a direct of my direct).
Hopefully that makes sense to everyone. Here is the email:
Hey Robby. I would like to schedule a time to sit with you and discuss the possibility of having me 100% removed from the lighting position I'm in at Performing Arts Center and all of the duties that come along with it and possibly moving to work under "Technical Director" babysitting shows in the smaller spaces.
I feel I have worked extremely hard throughout my years to learn and gain experience doing what I do, made many family sacrifices to take gigs and even pay for my own expenses to be a part of large productions without pay just so I can gain more knowledge, I don't think I am prepared to "mentor" or pass what I know down to someone else so that they can do what I want to be doing and what I love to do.
This is extremely hard for me because I love what I do and have a lot of passion for what I do but I believe that where I see myself/what I originally signed up for when I took this job and the direction of the Performing Arts Center is going are very different directions and I find myself trying to figure out where I best fit at this point.
Let me know when it might be a good time to sit and talk about it.
How would you guys handle the meeting? Me, being a HIGH HIGH D (99%) wants to say "this is what your job is and it hasn't really changed" but I am sort of flabbergasted by the fact that he doesn't want to share his knowledge with people underneath him for fear that they will, one day in the future, take his job.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.