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The Turning Point

1995 is a year that I will not forget.   Three (3) major changes happened in my life, one I can’t even mention (but it involved my 16-yr old son, so you could just imagine), my mother in law moved in with us (which is a story in itself)..And I was promoted to a field manager of service technicians, 27 men  & one woman. 

In this new position, the deck was stacked against me from the start.  First, I must mention that the assignment took me to a city where the people were very nice, but they didn’t take very quickly to an OUTSIDER and if that wasn’t bad enough, I was a woman and I had never been a service technician…. NOT Good!  I don’t know if you have noticed, but men think a little differently than women, so they had already decided that I didn’t have a clue of what I was doing.  

But what I did know was that I had to have a PLAN!

By the way, there are a few other factors that you must consider:

  • My mentor and the manager who promoted me was transferred to another city as soon as I got there
  • My new manager NEVER smiled and he got VERY upset when you told him so
  • My peers would have preferred for me to have been transferred to another city and have their manager and friend be here instead (at this point, I kinda felt that way too)

Now add to that, my new employees who were waiting to see me fall on my face and would help me if they could. 

That year, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, Go figure!.. 

Can anyone out there relate?


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