Being an engineer, a scientist, or even a manager at an aerospace/space/engineering company can be tough when you hit that point where you don’t feel like you are being recognised for what you are worth.
You can feel underappreciated. You can feel let down. You can feel betrayed. At times it seems like you are invisible. No matter what you do someone else gets the credit. And the promotion.
A situation can appear when it comes to employee appraisals where you don’t seem to meet the “behaviours” and “performances” that will get you a good pay rise. So you stay at your current employment level for another year. But it’s already been another year.
And there are times when the very people who are supposed to be managing you and assessing you don’t even know what good things you have done that year. They just focus on the bad.
This is just one facet, one bite to the phenomenon that is the Management Monster.
Another aspect and one that is prevalent is how the Monster moves. How it seethes and slips into every day work. How problems and unnecessary processes spread like a virus. And how this virus grows and takes hold and becomes a new beast or a mutation of the Monster itself. It’s a endless cycle.
So why am I talking about this? The simple reason is that if you are a good engineer or scientist or manager for that matter and you have to deal with this Management Monster every day, you eventually get ground down.
You will try and argue with it logically, but the blank faces don’t seem to understand.
You’ll point out the unnecessary bureaucracy but the Monster will come up with new and even more convoluted procedures to numb your already beleaguered mind.
And as it seeps into your work life you will fight it, and get ill and stressed, and sometimes you will feel like your are losing the will to live.
The reason I am talking about this (apart from personal experience) is that there is a very simple solution to freeing yourself from the clutches of the Monster for good. And you don’t even have to leave your job to do it.
The answer to freeing yourself from the Management Monster is to:
CREATE MORE OPTIONS.
Create more options for making money in your life. Create more time to learn skills and to enjoy yourself. Create more options by simplifying your spending. Create more options by becoming healthier and stronger.
And creating options is actually very simple. You just need to commit to learning something new that has the potential to widen your skill base and make you money.
So take stock trading. You may already buy and sell stocks or you may be afraid to even try. You might not feel qualified or you may have taken heavy losses before. The easy thing to do would be to stay out of it. But an equally easy thing to do would be to learn about top investors like Warren Buffett. There are quite a few books about his stategies as well as dedicated blogs and sites to him. And he is just one such investor.
Additionally many share trading websites let you run a virtual portfolio. Though this doesn’t give you the feeling that comes from winning and losing it will give you the feel of how to trade in the market.
How may minutes a day does it take? – 10 minutes. That’s all. Pick a stock or a trading subject and practice.
Remember this is just one option. There are many more. The key is that when you have other options that can possibly make you money or give you a different perspective on life, then your job ceases to be the “be all and end all” of your life.
And so when there is a change in managemen policy, a new process or even redundancies the fear that you may feel will be dulled a little. It will be dulled because you will know that you have alternatives to just this top of job.
When the Management Monster bites or roars as it does, you can shrug your shoulders and relax. A healthy air of disinterest is what you’ll feel.
And as such it will have less influence on you. And bit by bit that is how you free yourself from the Management Monster.
If you have already tried to learn about different career options, have created something or sold something leave a comment. It’d be great to hear about your experience.