On being the Pushy Type

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Wednesday and Thursday outfit. I didn’t have the gusto to do a full black and white week.  Also, it was warm today. And, I AM WEARING SHOES.

For both days I did the button-down-as-cover layer and I like how both worked out.

Today I did not wear the boot at all. My shoes did kinda make my ankle feel awkward at first, but that’s mostly because I’m not used to having shoes on that foot in general.

This week has really been a test of my sanity at work. My client clearly doesn’t understand the manufacturing process enough to know that making these parts takes time. That time is delayed when we have issues – like them not sending us good materials to work with. It’s been exasperating waiting for them to respond to our inquiries and I’ve been the one to strong-arm several people on both sides into conference calls to work shit out. I went and apologized to our quality manager today because I felt like I was overstepping my boundaries. He laughed it off and said I was fine, he didn’t feel that way at all, which is good. However, the nagging little voice in my head is telling me I need to stop trying to man-handle all the departments and be more trusting of the people around me to get stuff done. Twice this week two different people in different departments have told me they now cringe when they see the folders for my client (the folders for product jobs are color coded) and I asked if it was because they knew I’d be checking in on them. At first, they said no, but ultimately I think the answer is yes. Part of that is due to the fact that even before I started working with this client the company has had a history of stuff not going right with them for the exact same reasons I’ve been pulling my hair out this week with them. The other part is me being the overwhelming proactive person, hustling to get stuff done. I don’t want to make my coworkers nervous, so I need to reel it in a bit.

I was also given another client to start keeping track of this week and will probably have another one in two weeks time, so now the managers of the other departments may simply cringe when they see me, period. They won’t know who I’m asking about.

On the plus side, we’ll most likely make an offer to one of the interviewees today for the admin role. This will help me out immensely.

8 thoughts on “On being the Pushy Type”

  1. Law is a field full of people who tend to be a bit excessive about following up and want to micromanage (though not always in a helpful or efficient way, management skills aren’t really taught or valued when it comes to promotions). When compared to most of my colleagues, I have less of those tendencies than average, though I think if I ended up going into a non-law field, I’d end up being above-average fussy and micromanage-y. From having been in law for so long, I just expect immediate replies to all my emails and for that kind of short-notice deadlines will be accommodated!

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    1. No, they are the Everlane E2 wide leg pant. I’ve had them for a while, but haven’t worn them too much, mostly due to the boot issues. The pant legs are wide and the inseam is short so the pant would be super bunched up when I wore them with the boot. Although the leg openings are wide enough I can put them over the boot, but that still makes the leg balloon up further on my leg and it just looks weird. So I didn’t wear them too much this winter. Also, I need to fix the bottom hem. After wearing these pants twice, the bottom hem unraveled on the left leg – before I even started wearing the boot.

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    1. The button down shirt? That’s my Yohji Yamamoto one. I normally wear it all buttoned up. I got it on Ebay. It’s a rayon/linen blend and I love it. I’ve never had a shirt that inky black before.

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  2. SHOES – YAY!!

    I can relate to being the proactive hustler. I get panicky when deadlines are close and I can’t see whether or not a project is complete. I tend to jump in and start delegating tasks; I think some people would characterize me as “bossy.” But to be honest, there are also a lot of other people who are happy when someone else takes the lead. They find it’s a relief; they can just do what they’re told and deny accountability if anything goes wrong in the future. I know that sounds kind of judgmental, but it takes all kinds. If there were five of me assigned to a single project we’d either have an awesome finished product weeks ahead of deadline, or Keith Morrison would be telling our workplace murder story on Dateline.

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    1. Lol, That’s me as well. I know that in some ways it’ll be my job to be the bossy one and get stuff moving on the shop floor faster because otherwise parts would sit at one station one day and another another day versus going to multiple stations in one day.

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