I'm in a quandry. I've made 3 sideways moves in the last 5 years. The second of those was basically a career path change. The third was relocating but doing the same job in the new career.
I'm quite happy in what I do now but it is very 'exposed' to the CEO and the nature of it (I have no directs but have to co-ordinate the activities and training of 300+ employees) means that the 'exposure' is generally negative (this is probably going off topic so I'll stop this part now - but you get the flavour - I get things done on persuasion, charm, credibility whatever you want to call it - I have very little role power). The negative exposure is kind of grinding me down (the CEO is a high C and the nature of my role is so broad that it has to be 80/20 (I'm a high C too and man has it been hard to learn that pareto rule and be comfortable with it). So, the tiniest things which, really, really don't matter that much get me hit over the head with a hammer from the CEO. And, yes, try and influence as I might, the hammer still falls!
One of the VP's has approached me for a position in one of his teams - since the team leader is struggling to produce work in scope and to time from his team as he has so many directs and still has to manage technical work, and is struggling to leave the office almost, so no interfacing is getting done. Basically the VP wants me to use my skills in working with people and my technical knowledge to help the team deliver - 'unlock potential' was used as a turn of phrase.
The role would be working 'with' (but as a subordinate) to the current team leader. The sweetner was basically this is aimed to be a 'positioning' move for when an appointment as a team leader comes available.
I've spoken to the VP (I used to work for him a few years ago so we know each other well - he really helped me to develop back than - and he knows what I'm capable of) and he paints a different picture of what he thinks the team needs than the team leader himself - who basically wants me to co-ordinate some of his people who work on discrete packages of work. ie. the VP sees me as a deputy ( a TL in-waiting) , the team leader sees me as reducing day to day management of 5 of his directs (trying to solve an overload problem by throwing someone else at it - meaning he just has another direct!).
The killer is the team leader has told me he doesn't want to relinquish the reporting/accountability lines to those 5 directs who I'd be 'co-ordinating'.
What I need your opinions on, is whether I'm seeing too many problems in not having people report directly to me - ie the formal accountability for those peoples actions will bypass me. If it helps explain things - the 5 people would be agency staff rather than company employees. In terms of managing I guess this isn't much different as contractors are humans too right :wink: But, I just kind of feel the TL doesn't want to let go - when what he needs to do is exactly that - let go and let someone else manage along with him.
Having been in this situation before(routine co-ordination of a team but all the team not formally reporting to me) I found it very frustrating and ultimately undermining my position when, although I effectively managed people day to day, the people just didn't class me as their 'boss'. I'm not on a power trip, as my career change taught me that role-power is such a small part of managing, BUT I feel that to build those relationships and to effectively implement change in the way things are done I have to have the authority to make those changes. i certainly CAN get people to do stuff without the authority (my current role) but that's not in a day-to-day basis with a small team. I don't think it's scalable.
My current next step is to arrange a meeting with the VP and Team Leader so I'm ensuring the VP and TL understand what they would want me to actually do as at the moment it's just not coherent (I suspect the VP wants me to have the authority and wider 'deputy' role rather than being packaged off to one side like the TL wants me to be)
any help or advice would be very welcome folks!