Feb. 5th, 2009

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  • 16:09 @bstiteler wellyou were in charge-- write more, then! Or failing that, lift some more dialogue from circle of iron. #

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Here's an interesting take on the Christian Bale kerfuffle. It's a former producer/assistant director who has worked with Bale before (on Rescue Dawn). It doesn't excuse the behavior, but it contextualizes things. I know I empathize, I was constantly disrupted whenever Bill or one of the numerous crew members would hover in our eyelines. Er...anyway, it's a good article.
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When you have a performance review that says "I agree with all of your self assessments. You've made really good progress on all these goals we identified. It's really good when there's alignment between goals, perceptions and reality. 2008 was a good year." it feels really good.

When the rest of the review talks about 2009 in specific ways, it feels really good. Doesn't it just feel awesome when your work manager goes "Make sure ___ and ____ can do ________. You have six months." ? That kind of focused goal setting helps a lot*. Enormously.

So coming out of the review we both can say "These are specific goal areas for the coming year. 1. 2. 3. This one wraps up by Q3, this one wraps up in Q2, this one is for Q3&4." It feels super grown up when this happens and when it feels like we're both fully aware of how much work is involved, and that it's enough work.

You don't need LOTS of stuff to do at your job to be "important," you need focus and clarity, and institutional/executive backing that says "these things are enough for you to be considered very valuable here."

Now let's hope we start turning more profit so all this progress gets attached to a damn raise, already! I'm happy to have a job, especially one in which executives work to bring more clarity to it each day. I'm just going on month 24 of the same salary. I appreciate the stability (knock knock). I struggle with inflation, especially health and childcare.

* Yes, I realize I still have some of that to do with other leadership areas in my life.
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This makes me so happy. It made me tear up. I can't believe I hadn't checked it.

Here is the Get Your War On from 1/20/09

That? Is pure sweet gold.


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