We’re not even a month into the new year, and already I have met one of my resolutions.
If you remember, I only made two. One was to run the Rock n Roll half-marathon in October. The other was to push my way up in the chain of command at work.
Well, it’s not October yet… so that means….
I have succeeded in moving up at work!
I am now the Assistant General Manager of one of our sister hotels in the downtown area!
It’s been a whole three weeks coming. A position opened up soon after I posted my resolution blog. I applied for it immediately and found myself interviewing for it a few days later. It was then that I posted QUIII-EEE-T! ’cause boy was my head swimming with uncertainties. I wasn’t sure I had convinced him that I was perfect for the job. Each day that passed without any word just added more uncertainty to my already anxious nerves.
I had no sooner given up on the idea, when my general manager pulled me in to her office. She explained the GM I interviewed with had called her to apologize for not getting back to me sooner. He wanted her to let me know I was still in the running and that he would be announcing his decision soon. That news allowed me some relief, but the knots in my stomach didn’t loosen much.
Then yesterday, I back-handedly got the news that the offer was mine. The knots loosened a little more, but without having received the phone call, I couldn’t completely relax.
I woke up Saturday morning and immediately wondered if the call would come today. I took my nervousness out on the elliptical at the gym. When the call didn’t come, I took my nervousness out on the kitchen floor. Then the windows. Then I drug Hubby out for a walk. Still no call.
I’d given up on him by that point, and began getting ready for Hubby’s quiet birthday celebration with friends. We had no sooner gotten to their house, when my phone rang.
I raced outside where I could talk in private, and listened excitedly as he told me how much he’d love to have me on his team. He would like to have me start as early as Feb. 2, but my current GM has asked him not to set an official date until she’s back in the office Monday. “Apparently you have some responsibilities there that no one else knows how to do…”, he told me.
Yep. My current hotel will be in a world of hurt without me, and my GM knows I can’t just leave without training someone on how to do these things. The problem is we don’t have a someone. Even the four assistant general managers above me, defer to me on many things. When I’m gone, they’ll all be lost.
I feel bad for them, but I’ve told my GM multiple times that I want to move up, and I want to move up there. I love the complexity of our hotel, have a great rapport with all the employees, and know my stuff. I could easily step into an AGM role, and it would be welcomed by most, but she wanted to keep me under her thumb.
So I went looking elsewhere.
I’ll be happy with my new GM. He manages by trusting the people below him to run the hotel as we know how. My current GM has no trust at all and micromanages everyone.
I’m sad to be leaving the busyness of my hotel to go to one half the size and a bit further from the Arch and the stadium. But my responsibilities will increase tenfold. I’ll have a lot to learn, and perhaps when I’m no longer feeling challenged, I can transfer back to the more complex hotel that I love.
Either way, my future is bright, and I couldn’t be more excited to begin my new journey.