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Jul 02, 2019 17:57:58

Welcome to management

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 214 words | 320🔥 | 320💌

Brandon Wilson

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After a hiatus of about 4.5 years, I have returned to a management role this time as a consultant instead of a full-time employee. Before becoming a consultant, I was a Configuration Manager at a Fortune 50 health insurance company. Yes, for those who don't know I am in the glamorous industry known as healthcare insurance.

I left that management position in a state of burnout. I wrote about that time period in an article in which I encourage people to write a resignation letter on the first day of a new job. At the time and for years after, I believed that I would never take on another management position.

What's different this time around? Well, as a consultant my role is somewhat limited by design. I don't have to deal with any of the HR stuff, which is a big plus. Consultants work on a billable hour basis, so my hours are capped. I won't have any more of the 70- and 80-hour weeks I used to have. Also, I have confidence that I can provide value to the client and help them achieve significant improvements.

I started my new role on Monday, July 1st. First thing in the morning in the span of about three minutes I received eight meeting requests. Welcome to management!

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    @brandonwilson - Congrats!
    Your past experience prepared you for this.

    Do you have to accept every meeting?

    Keni avatar Keni | Jul 03, 2019 20:31:23
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      @keni At this point I am accepting every meeting so that I can get up to speed on projects and determine which meetings I need to attend. Most meeting requests are not sent with an agenda, so it makes it tough. This is one of the things I plan to work on with helping the client's culture shift regarding making meetings MEATY.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 04, 2019 09:50:46
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      @brandonwilson - Good idea. I always email people that send me meeting requests asking what the agenda was. Once they take the time to articulate that - I can address the questions and no meeting was necessary.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jul 04, 2019 13:31:50
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    @brandonwilson - new roles are always fun. Congrats!

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 02, 2019 18:13:44
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      @brianball Thank you sir! I'm definitely not bored.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 03, 2019 07:55:04
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