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Saturday, December 29, 2007


I had somewhat of a serious talk with someone who I highly respect and admire.

This person asked me several questions which I know will lead  somewhere that I have been wanting to talk about for a good long time.

Thanks to a certain friend, he was a bit privy that I am having issues at work. He just doesn't know which issues they are.

Sadly, due to time constraints and because it was not a one on one conversation, 
I had a difficult time pouring out my real thoughts.

It came out as me acting like I wanted attention because my boss have not even checked up on me if I was still alive or what.

The real score is I want to know where I stand. I wish my superiors would talk to me and tell me about my progress. At least in the professional sense I can classify that one as being concerned with my well-being.

Lately, I have been feeling rather useless or no longer an asset to the team I represent. That I am just there to hit numbers and nothing else.

This person I admire tells me to be the one to initiate.

I wish I could have told him that I have been doing that. It's just that I don't get to be heard.

That it seems they do not trust me.

And I can surely feel it.

I wish someone would have the guts to talk to me. I don't bite. At least you're honest about it.

Maybe one of these days I'd change my mind and just ask them "Where am I going?" or something much more tamer.

If there's one thing that I liked when I had this talk with Mr. I-highly-respect, he makes sure he lets me know that I am wrong and I have to be the one to make the move.


Oh well.

From Marcus Buckingham: 12 Questions That Matter...

...that determine whether people are engaged, not engaged, or actively disengaged at work.

1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
- Yes. Although you said that numbers do not matter, it is expected of me to grow my business by +14% versus the previous year. That I am supposed to ensure that new products get carried by my accounts, that I should ensure proper distribution and stock availability, and that I have to execute promotions that are relevant to the needs of my account. That I must ensure all orders are delivered, that delivered goods are paid for, and all accounting floats are cleared and tagged properly. And I must submit all needed reports like: DSR, FCR, Monthly Letters, Scorecards, NPRs, and other reports that needed be.

2. Do I have the materials and equipment that I need in order to do my work right?
- Car. Check. Laptop. Check. Cellphone. Check. Cash Float. Check. Uniform. Check. Cubicle. Check.

3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
- I think so.

4.In the past seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
- Nope.

5.Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?
- Uhhh.

6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?
- Uhhh.

7. At work, do my opinions seem to count?
- Hmmm. Does the comment " It seems they don't trust you" count?

8. Does the mission or purpose of my company make me feel that my job is important?
- Yes.

9. Are my coworkers committed to doing quality work?
- Yep. Very Much. I have to hand it to them for doing a great job. If I wasn't this glum I would have thrived in an environment that has great people in it that has a bit of a competitive undertone hidden deep.

10. Do I have a best friend at work?
- Almost. But no I have none. It would have been great if that person got in so that person would be a sorta bestie for me. But nah.

11.In the past six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress?
- None. Been Lost and still lost. Where am I going? I don't know ,but I bet I am on my way. Nyahaha.

12.This past year, have I had opportunities at work to learn and grow?
- There were trainings. I like Boy Barba. He Rocks.

Thanks to the Gallup Organization, Princeton NJ for this thingie.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

And so it is decided

Since I have been yakking mostly about my work woes in my other blog, I have decided to dedicate a blog solely for the purpose of discussing my work-related thoughts.

In here you'll get to know what the real key account management work is like here in the Philippines. Daily trials, tribulations, mishaps, as well as a bit of training (oh my goodness!).
Real-life examples of the actual trade work too!

Of course, we will not name names to protect the innocent (that's me!) and the person/company involved.

In the next few days after I figure out how to customize this blog, hopefullyI will act more professional, sound more intelligent than I actually am, and be some-what a guide to those who want to pursue a career in Key Account Management.

This blog will act as a rough survival guide to those souls who want to pursue the glamorous and un-glamorous life of a sales person.

And so this ends this entry. Time to figure out the kinks of this site!

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