Day 354 - November Gratitude, part 18
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I had a great check-in with my boss Annette today. It was basically a b!tchfest about all the things that have been stressing us out lately, and there have been a LOT of things that give us stress lately!
What we both gained from our conversation is that we are extremely confident people. We know that we do a great job, and we want to be acknowledged for it. Because of our age difference, we sometimes see things differently, but we still view the two of us as the Wonder Twins who unite to get a lot accomplished. It's an amazing relationship, and I still find it hard to believe that we've only been working together for 3 months (it was 3 months yesterday, the same day as my Sparkversary!)
One of the challenges I have in my job that I take personally is the salary range that they put the position at. There is a position in the District called "Director of Maintenance and Operations" - he has two Assistant Directors and a secretary, and manages a team of custodians that I would guess is probably a total of about 20 people. My title is "Director of Campus Operations" and I oversee two campuses, including fiscal management, student services, financial aid, maintenance, and a multitude of student programs including CalWORKs, EOP&S/CARE, and DSPS. I manage about 35 people, including instructional assistants, specialists, and technicians.
The Director of M&O is at pay grade 38, and I'm at grade 28. When I first found out about the discrepancy, I really struggled with it. Annette explained how they arrived at the grade they selected, and while it made sense, it still felt wrong to me. As I've been in this position now for 3 months, I realize that the difference is more significant than I originally thought. It's not about the pay, it's the status. And someone in my age bracket (baby boomer) who values title more than money, this is a big deal.
So what I came out of today with our discussions about both of our job titles and positions and pay grades, is that we are incredibly confident people who know what we want and work hard to make sure we reach our goals. That's what got me so far on SparkPeople, reaching my goal weight and maintaining it for so long. I love that I have a boss that gets me as much as I get her. We are totally in sync, and I just hope that we both have the tenacity to stick it out, even when the going gets a little rough. (And between the fires, the dropout faculty, and the stress of our students, it's been incredibly rough lately!)
So today I'm grateful for CONFIDENCE. I have the confidence to succeed, the confidence to know that I work hard to get results, the confidence to be a dedicated, passionate employee and advocate for my staff and my students. I love what I do, and I am CONFIDENT that I will be awesome at my job. (From what I hear, people think I'm doing pretty well.)
So my advice to all of you: be confident in your ability to achieve your goals. It's hard work, but you can do this. I know you can. So repeat after me...
Do not say "I hope to achieve my goals." Instead, say "I WILL achieve my goals."
Have confidence. Believe in yourself. Know that you have the power and the will and the ability. You are awesome. You are confident. You WILL get where you need to go!
I will be cheering you all the way. Keep Sparking!