Disappointing Behaviour

Second instance in just a couple of weeks. I am not happy. As a manager, I do not make unreasonable demands of my team members. There’s no ‘my way or the highway” type rant. I believe in team work, sincerity, honesty, making people happy, dedication, loyalty and bonding. And I believe that the results will come naturally. Infact, if the others are in place, the results will be just that much sweeter when it comes.

As a manager (and I’m not bragging about this) I’m one of the most sweetest and people centric persons around. Don’t take my word for it. HR says that. My boss says that. His boss says that. Other people’s bosses say that. Other bosses’ subordinates say that. The center level DGM knows that. My teams says that. So I hate it when it seems as if I am being taken advantage because of it.

One of my team members has over taken her leave for her engagement a couple of weeks back. Inspite of me giving her the required 4 days and asking her to join us for a big meeting (and I only wanted her to attend the meeting and be gone back home 6 hours later). And it wasn’t like I was asking her to attend the meeting as on the same day of her engagement. This was two days before the engagement. I was angry but calmed down when she came back and it was all ok.

For her wedding leaves, I gave her 2 weeks leave – from the 5th to the 19th – and this was agreed upon without any issues. Now today she sends me a text message saying that she wants an additional week of leave and asking me to “do the needful”. I’m struggling as it is bur I wasn’t planning on asking her to cut short her leave. And is this the way someone asks for an extension of a previously agreed upon 2 week leave? I’m ashamed about this fact, very upset that she doesn’t even have the courtesy to give me a call and ask me about the possibility.

I sent a couple of messages back stating that I’m having a shortage of members in the team as it is and that I couldn’t afford it at the moment. I think she got the message.

You be Israel, I will be Palestine

I can’t stop singing along to this breezy fun song. Through & Through & Through is the first single from Joel Plaskett’s 3 disc album Three. Listen to this in the morning before going to work and you will be whistling & humming all day long. The lyrics are below. Unfortunately I can’t embed the official video for the song (it’s really cool & fun) but here is an acoustic version.

I’m the Berlin Wall, I’m a communist
You’re a wrecking ball in a summer dress
You’re the horizon line, I’m the last sunset
I might be going down but I’m not set yet
I’m as white as a ghost, digging foolish gold
I’ll man my post but I won’t do as I’m told
I’ve got a purple heart from a bloody war
I can’t take it anymore, more, more
They say that good things come to those who wait
But if you snooze then you lose
So don’t hesitate

Outta sight, outta mind, outta luck, outta wine
Don’t you say that I’m out of my fucking mind
I’ve been talking trash but it ain’t my fault
Every time I move somebody’s in my spot

You’ve got nowhere to go
I know, I know, I know
It’s only you and me
But good things come in three

You be April Stevens, I’ll be April Wine
You be Israel, I will be Palestine
Come on ‘Teach Me Tiger’, come on and show me tricks
Let me take my time and take a couple lazy licks

Are you feeling blue?
Through & through & through
Where we find you now?
Around, around, around

All the dirty blondes, playing blue-eyed soul
You won’t hear our songs on your radio
Every note we sing can’t be solid gold
Every boy can’t be Romeo

They say that good things come
To those who wait
Good things come
If you take the bait
In a rummage sale
At the Sally Ann!
Everything is cheap
Love should last a life
Or at least a year!
But it lasts a week
I’m the Berlin Wall
And that ain’t all!
I’m a total mess
You’re a wrecking ball
I’m a wrecking ball!
In a summer dress