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Saturday, August 23, 2008
My Manager
When I told Jon that I have an objective manager who critiques my work and provide guidance, he seems to think that this is the normal behavior of a manager. But I have not experience this in my past jobs. I have been thrown in the deep blue sea, learn to swim or sink on many occasions, seen work being publicly rejected and former bosses taking credit for my work. I view such behavior as 'norm'.

Now, having a manager, who not only provide guidance, stand by me, ensure that her peers sit up and listen to my presentation, emails her managers to showcase my work and wants to increase visibility for my work. I need to sit down, take a deep breath and take in all this information. I am not used to this treatment and told my manager sincerely "I don't want it or I don't want to do it". I appreciate the recognition but do not want the attention showered upon me. Most importantly, I do not know how to react in front of my peers when most of them yearn recognition for their work. Don't get me wrong, I think my co-workers produce quality work and deserve due recognition. I don't think my manager is bias as she makes it a point to acknowledge, praise and single out the great work my co-workers have done.

For now, I am still sitting down and taking in all the new information and formulating a plan on how to do better in my work. After watching Anthony Bourdain - No Reservations Japan, I realised that no one knows what is perfection, there is always room for improvement.
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