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Days 230 and 231 - Catching Up

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Our friend Bill came by to chat at 8pm last night, and he didn't leave until midnight. By then it was too late to get a blog post in, so I thought I'd start early today and cover two days.

First off, thank you to everyone who commented on my post from Thursday about my decision to start looking for a new job. I hate the idea of leaving a job after such a short time, but when it is clearly not working, then the best answer is to move on. Richard is unmovable in the idea that he is 100% right and the problem lies solely with me. His direction to me Friday was for me to come up with a list of things that I need to do to improve. All I can think about is the changes I need in him (support, encouragement, positive reinforcement, respect) because it's the environment that is making it difficult for me to be successful, not my abilities.

I read an interesting quote yesterday: "Change Where You Work, or Change Where You Work." It spoke to me the most strongly of all the articles I was reading about dealing with a difficult manager. I'm not sure it's possible to change the environment at Habitat, and finding a new job may not be easy, but I will try to do both and see which one yields the best result.

To answer a couple questions in the comments from the other day... Yes, there is a board of directors, but Richard is the president and he runs the show. The other board members don't do a lot (they don't do fundraising, don't come up with new ideas, or really much of anything) and just give Richard a rubber stamp on his management. He's been running the show for 11 or 12 years, and he doesn't like pushback. He does like press coverage though:

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Believe it or not, Richard is smiling in that photo. Most of the other pictures I've seen of him, he looks like he just ate a pickle.

Habitat for Humanity is an umbrella corporation with many affiliates. The affiliates are independently run and are separate corporations. It is almost like a franchise. We pay money to the parent company to use the name, but we are otherwise independent. I work for Habitat for Humanity Lake County CA, Inc., not Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). There are good affiliates around the country, and there are some that are very poorly run. Most of them are small and operate on a shoestring budget. The parent company has many employees making well over six figures. Money you donate directly to your local affiliate stays with the affiliate and will do the most good. If you donate to HFHI, your local affiliate may only see a small percentage, or none at all. Try to donate to your local affiliate, if you desire and there is one that serves your community!

The job at the community college is called Director of Campus Operations. The position oversees things like parking, the bookstore, facilities rentals, etc. There appears to be a lot of diversity in the role, which makes it exciting for me. There would be involvement with the students, outreach to the community, and other aspects as well. Our governor has an initiative to make community college free for two years for all California residents, so there is huge potential to reach out to a large segment of the community. That's why the job is so exciting for me. The deadline for applications was Monday, July 13, so it has just been a week. It would be great to hear something from them soon, but I am doing my best to be patient.

Steve works today 1:30pm - 10pm and tomorrow 12-9, so I'm on my own most of the weekend. Bill and I are going to visit a new winery called Boatique www.boatiquewines.com/ for their grand opening. Our friend Robert will be there for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Then at 5:30pm I'm going over to friends for a cookout and birthday celebration. I hope not to make too late an evening of it, but it will be fun to be around people since Steve is at work. He will come home for his lunch break, but that will probably be around 4:30 or so. This morning is house cleaning and de-webbing the deck. Tomorrow I'm going to try to install the new dock ladder and mooring whips so we can have guest parking out at the dock. Wish me luck!

Thanks again for all the support, encouragement, and prayers. It's going to be a great weekend here! I hope you have one equally spectacular!
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  • BE-THE-CHANGE
    That advice about donating pertains to most organizations with National offices and local chapters. If you want to do some good in your community, make sure you donate to the local organization, not the National.
    2050 days ago
  • TENNISJIM
    Awesome - hope you had a great time at the winery and birthday party.
    2050 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Well at least "Grumpy Richard" didn't make you sit on a stool facing the corner! emoticon

    I'm glad you've planned a busy weekend, that hopefully will take your mind off your work environment. It is sad that one person can make it so difficult, that you feel you must leave. The community college job sounds like a good fit, especially the community outreach.

    Checked out Boatiquewines, I'm officially jealous emoticon
    2051 days ago
  • IOWALONEWOLF
    I know how it is to have a terrible boss. And when they are entrenched the only option is usually to bite your tongue (in your case it would probably be off) or find a new job. I wish you well what ever you do. You deserve better than you are getting but I remember the first of the few blogs I read of yours and it has been nothing but miserable (your relationship with the boss).
    2051 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    Well, you have my Good Luck wishes on your weekend project! Sounds like a busy weekend with an equal combination of work and play! The Winery looks interesting...beautiful picture of it and the acreage with the sunset!
    I didn't know that was how Habitat was set up...interesting! The Community College position sure does sound good for you! Hope you hear from them soon! Loved the quote and think it's true!
    Know you're in my thoughts and prayers for the perfect outcome!
    Hugs,
    Mary
    P.S. I am sure you will be slaving away on that list of things YOU need to do to improve! Even that's an example of his lack of management!
    2051 days ago
  • WENDYANNE61
    I really hope a new job turns up soon, Steve! It is debilitating to work under a dictator, especially when the rest of the board do not interfere in his style. Those type of people always talk in the "I" form, totally blending out that they are supported by a team doing a lot of the nitty gritty work and they just love being in the newspaper and taking the laurels - I became really ill about 15 years ago, working for someone like that at our centre. In the end, the board gave me another position, but the detriment to my confidence and to my wallet is still in evidence today!
    Thinking of you and wishing you the best possible outcome!
    2051 days ago
  • LALATIDAH
    Enjoy your weekend! emoticon
    2051 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13918443
    Good quote! The community college position sounds like a good fit for you. I'm sending prayers for better things to come to you. Good luck too on the weekend project. Hope it goes smoothly.

    Thanks for the info re donating to local HFH. We like to when we can.
    2051 days ago
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