Sunday, April 06, 2014

Thoughts On Leaving My Job

I’m a project manager. I manage mostly IT projects. It’s my job to make sure those projects go as smoothly as possible. There are a thousand different ways to manage an IT project and most of them involve acronyms and the word “methodology.” I could list off the methods I use but it would mean nothing to you. It would only earn me the title of “Creator of the Most Boring List Ever.” The reality of what I do can be boiled down to three words.

I manage change.

Every new project is a change to the organization. Some projects affect everyone. Some affect only a few. Still, they all bring change. Add those changes up over eight years (including the projects other project managers complete) and you’re suddenly looking at a completely different organization. I spent all my time managing all of this change in the organization and yet I did it with the same core group of people for nearly all of my eight years at this organization. That was lucky and rare and I should have known — since I manage so much change — that it couldn’t last forever.

It didn’t.

Things changed. The CIO left. A new CIO came in. With the new CIO came change. My team was reorganized. I was reassigned. Now it was my turn to be affected by the change. I find that people have one of three reactions when change like this comes to an organization: 1) They hang on and hope for the best. 2) They rage against the change. 3) They make a change themselves. The first option is too passive for me. I don’t like to be at the mercy of others. I prefer to have some control over the situation. Option two is not in my nature. It’s pointless to try to fight against what is inevitable. I chose option three. I decided to make a change. I looked for (and found) a new job.

I enjoyed the years I spent working for my old company. I gained great experience and I am much better at my job because of the years I spent there. I’m not angry about the change. Change happens. We should expect it. Sometimes change is good and sometimes change is not. In this case, I didn’t feel like the change was good for me. I’m sure there are others at the company who feel the opposite and they have very good reasons for doing so. I made a choice that was best for me and I won’t pretend that is also best for everyone else.

I’m sad to be leaving. I will miss many of my co-workers — many who became friends. However, I am excited about my new opportunity where I’m sure I will find many new wonderful co-workers who may even become friends.

Change managed.

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