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Friday, May 21, 2010

Just a day on the job.....

in Judiland.....

If you ever wondered what I did in my day job.....this will not give it away....
But, it certainly might make you wonder.

Yes, I'm going to work today.
It's a very stressful day.
I'm heading up a big, big project.
A project my committee and I have been diligently working on.
A project we've been slaving over and wrestling with and losing sleep over.
A project so intense and so important that it turns grown professionals into back-biting, devious, conniving, menacing, child-like sociopaths.
A project so important and visible that doing poorly is not an option.
A project that will set the standard for every other like-project from here on out.
A project that when it's finally set into motion will send forth so much heat that folks might literally have to peel off their clothes, open the doors and run outside to escape from it.
A project that has implications so large that it's fueled massive debates and passionate discussions.
A project so hot-to-handle that not many had the courage to come forward to do it.
A project so riddled with ambiguity and misunderstanding that it ignited an email storm so big that it put our email system on overload and sent responders on impromptu vacations.
A project so critical to how we view ourselves that only a few could be trusted to do it.
A project so professionally dangerous that only the bravest of the brave would even consider the offer to take it on.
A project with an outcome so integral to the work world that we are so deeply embedded in that one misstep could topple our entire mission.
A project so tightly linked to our careers and our livelihoods that even considering the possible consequences of not doing a good job has been enough to send some of our more staid colleagues to check their 401K's.
A project with no bail out, no safety net and no way out.

Yes, it's just another day at the office.

Tune in tomorrow and I'll tell you how it goes.....


Barbara said...

I hear your pain, I am running three global projects with tight timelines and multi cultural challenges..
From your description, it sounds like good project leadership is in order. Good Luck

Jody V said...

Oh Judi - Again...I'm with you. My project went anyway. The lights are still on in Jersey!!


The Universe said...

Throughout the hallowed ages, Judi, those in the unseen have always marveled at the accomplishments and creations of humankind. Whether a sandcastle or a skyscraper; a painting or a poem; they're humbled by your ability to reflect, to engineer, to craft, and to create something that has never before existed within time and space.
But it's not the creation that impresses; these all exist here to the nth degree. It's the persistence and determination of the seemingly mortal dreamer who steadfastly holds a new thought in mind, either of the creation or of its inevitable success, and moves with it, even while the rest of the world is content dreaming their father's dreams.
This is what is admired, Judi; not just because it's so rare, but because it is so, even when such innovative potential lies within all.
Cool, huh?
The Universe

Gerry said...

Ohhh Judi!!! Being on your committee I feel the's actually made me nuttier! I fill like I've been rolled out with a rolling pin. I think this whole thing project is quite cheesy.

Let's get a drink when it's all done. So much for TGIF!!!


Debbie said...

Glad we were able to sneak out Monday.