"I didn't know me as well as I thought" - a road map from being made redundant
A month ago, things changed - I was made redundant.
I’d been with the company for 17 years, having started as a Senior Adviser and having finished as a National Manager and in that time, I’d become very converse with a lot of topics (safety, environment, quality, risk, HR etc etc.) and honed my craft.
I had always thought that I’d leave on my terms when the time was right. Guess I got that one wrong!
No point in asking “why me”. No point in thinking “if only”.
So here I am….an educated, well experienced senior level manager…and I’m discovering:
That I didn’t know me as well as I thought that I did.
That in my frenetic world, I hadn’t taken time to connect to others as much as I should have.
That despite my wealth of knowledge, there is so much more information out there and I didn’t take enough time out to discover it.
That I need to “brand” me – not just my resume, but my attitude, poise and demeanour.
That it’s okay to take “me” time and not feel guilty about not having finished something that wasn’t due for another week anyway.
That there are so many good people out there willing to share their knowledge, their experiences and their time.
That I need to develop some form of patience …. this one’s going