Friday, February 1, 2008

Weird Week #1

Weird week. One week of resignation notice down, one to go. These are some of the things I’ve been experiencing…

CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT
I’ve been taking designated salespeople around to all of my customers’ offices, lunches, breakfasts, etc., trying to make the transition seamless from one salesperson to another. It feels weird, to say the least – relationships I’ve nurtured and grown…trying to get them immediately comfortable with another salesperson. Fortunately, the guy who’s taking over my accounts is an awesome guy, a good friend, a powerhouse, and all that is going to show to our customers. That will ease the transition.

TRANSFERRING OFFICES
I shredded stuff from 1998 forward. (I said I had a gift for organizing!) It was all organized, but I. Didn’t. Need. To. Keep. All. That. Stuff. I now have everything in file boxes, greatly reduced. I trashed absolutely tons of stuff. I hesitated on my Franklin Planners…but why would I need 10 years of those? (Even though the binders look good!) I still have one more pass to make through my office, the final countdown as it were…

EVENT MANAGEMENT
We’ve been transferring files to other competent employees, who will now go on to put on big events I’ve been known for headlining. I don’t want them to miss a thing, so we’re trying to get everything transferred, every detail discussed, a timeline hammered down for each event. Thank God I kept good records. Still, it’s hard to transfer every detail out of my cluttered brain and put it into play. I have a natural gift for planning, organizing and executing…therefore, I did lots in my brain, with no timeline on paper, and just put on the event! So, I was doing a lot of things on autopilot, just due to time constraints and my regular job. Who ever thought I would leave? Not me! (There’s a good side to this – I won’t be bogged down with event details now! I’ll get to go participate with my customers and have a good time, instead of being the good time provider!)

Anyway…it’s kind of sad, but exciting, too. My emotions have run the gamut from sad to scared to exultant this week – but only on the inside. I’ll miss all my coworkers, but some, I’ll still get to see – because they’ll be calling on my office now!

14 comments:

catd264 said...

It will be very strange to not have you here. I for one will miss you greatly.

i beati said...

Big trauma here and I pray well worth it - revitalization so good for the psyche

Rach said...

It is weird when you get to the nitty gritty stuff. The last day is always the wierdest though hehe.

thisisme said...

It is such a strange feeling when you have been somewhere so long - documenting everything, making sure the stuff in your head is transferred, realising you won't see things you started finish. Enjoy the transition time, and I can't wait to hear more about your new job.

Janie said...

Cathy - I'll miss you, too, chica. I'll probably still call you..."Hey, girl, do you know about (blah,blah,blah)?"

Sandy - thanks, girl.

Rach - thanks for the warning!

Thisisme - I will enjoy the transition time. And I'm sure I'll be blogging about my new adventures. You know, my life is sooooo boring! ;)

Panhandle Poet said...

Two file boxes full of my old Franklin Planners along with dozens of yellow legal pads are sitting in a lawyers office in Richmond, VA, and have been for about 7 years now. My detailed notes forced a (now former) competitor to back away from a lawsuit and continue to hold them at bay. It's a good thing that I didn't shred them.

In_spired said...

janie, I'm sorry! I've missed out on what's going on with your work. What's going on?

e-mail:
In_spired@live.com (this is a hotmail address)

Janie said...

Poet - good point. Think I won't shred them, after all.

Doozie said...

I'm lost, I don't know what your new job is

Janie said...

In_spired and Doozie - I've sent you e-mail updates...

Gwynne said...

Knowing that what you are going through now I will be doing in a few months is raising my blood pressure...so much to do and no perfect way to dump what is in your brain and into that of your successors. I'm glad you have a power house of a successor though...that is a blessing! Keep us posted, especially on your last day!

Godspeed to you, Janie!!

Janie said...

Gwynne - thanks so much for your prayers and thoughts! Be sure to let me know when your days get close!

Beverly Dillow said...

Hi janie,

It sounds like a lot is going on. I pray that the changes will be a good thing for you. We still need to go have coffee/tea when things settle down for you. :)

Janie said...

Thanks, Beverly! I'm looking forward to it...