Been a bit hectic here lately. Fall is always busy, sure enough, but this year feels a whole lot of a healthier kind of busy. It used to feel like a firefighter, with non stop crises going on. This year just seems like there’s just a lot to do…and enough actual time to do it. So either I am getting better at time management, better at those tasks, or simply enjoying it more. No matter… feels good!
I started a new job this week. It’s in line with my career goals and interests. Took about a year to sort it all out. The details don’t matter a whole lot (or really interest most people outside of my monkeysphere) but the main points are that my team, budget, scope, and user base has grown by an exponential number.
This week has been all drinking from the firehose in terms of learning. I’m usually pretty quick on the upswing here, absorb/adapt as we go, and the field is somewhat known. The biggest hurdle is the culture.
So let’s tie this back to gaming a bit. Way back when I had time on my hands, I ran or helped run various gaming guilds. I’m a coder by training, so building DKP engines was part of that in the EQ/WoW days. Setting up rules, running raids, organising chaos. Heck, I turned my personal notes into a decent income of writing gaming guides. In that sense, I’ve got WAY more experience in leadership/management than my resume gives credit.
Think about all the times you may have wiped on a raid, looked at what worked and what didn’t, tried something new, and eventually succeeded. That mindset… of allowing for failure, but learning from it as a group, that’s the foundation of a successful career. There are plenty of folks who instead are super risk averse and afraid to admit mistakes. Own up to it, learn from it, don’t repeat it. It’s when a mistake happens and people try to hide it… that stuff festers. When it does come to light, and it WILL, things are going to go sideways real quick.
The group I’m now working with does not have that mindset. Some do! But the culture is not one I’d consider positive or forward moving – more of a “this is the way we’ve always done it”. So now I need to find the influencers in the group and figure out how to get a new vision bought. I’m actually pretty good at that, but it’s a whole lot of effort. Does mean that I don’t have to do it for everyone… those influencers will do it all naturally.
In my downtime… Dauntless is some good bite sized gaming (<5m sessions).