I’m getting ready to drop a deuce into my boss’s coffee.
I received and accepted an offer to be poached by another department within Mayhew Insurance last night. The position will move me from the plumber side of the business to the architecture and “concept” side of the company as the dreamers realized that they need to know how things actually work when they propose schemes. I’ve worked with the dreamers before, usually solving some of their problems or giving them the amazingly fun “Yes, we can do that, BUT it will cost $10 million dollars, take eighteen months and have a negative ROI… do you really want to do this…” conversation They’re raiding the practical divisions within the company to build an “engineering feasibility” section.
I’ve never had a significant internal transfer in my career. Everything was either external moves to new companies, lay-offs and new hires, or minor reorganizations where I’m reporting to someone else who had a pre-exisiting team. I’m a little nervous as I’ve worked with this basic team for a significant chunk of my career and they are good people who are doing interesting things with adequate resources most of the time. I know that is a good situation. But the dreamers are offering a massive opportuntiy, a much better salary and a nicer title as well as the much higher probability that I won’t be called on to work 80 hour weeks for the four months leading up to filing season.
I don’t anticipate this having too much impact on my writing at Balloon Juice. I will still be writing when I am not on a crash project deadline and when I see something interesting that I can add a high value, unique perspective to it, I’ll write.
I’m just happily nervous right now… and away I go as my boss just walked in.