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THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES

You may see things differently, but this is how I view my life.

11/23/2005

CHANGES

There have been many good things happening here at work. For one, the PM that was coming to take over the property portfolio that I work for, got fired. I was totally NOT excited about working with her, and now I don’t have to!

A situation that happened between me and one of the girls from my dance team for the company party, turned out to work in my favor. Here’s the short version:

She was making fun of my boss and saying some very not nice things about her. I love my boss and think she is the best boss I’ve ever had. I love her management style and how diplomatic she is, plus we get along great! Anyways, that girl was being just down right mean.

Friday, I was running late leaving the office, and I stopped to use the restroom before heading out. As I was leaving the restroom and heading for the elevators, I saw my boss just enter back into the office. She takes the train, and she’d left a good 30 minutes before I did. So I thought she probably missed the train. I went back and offered her a ride. (We live in the same condo-complex). She happily accepted.

On the ride home, we were talking about the situation with her getting switched with the other PM, and she was wondering if the girls from my dance group had said anything about it. I told her that all of them had only negative things to say about her. Then my boss hinted to see if anything was said about her.

Now this is where the conversation got a little sticky for me. Because for one… there were bad things said about her, but on a more personal level. Two, I HATE lying! I’m a horrible liar. I then told her that the conversation was mainly focused on the other PM, and she was barely mentioned.

Saturday morning, I’m taking a bath, relaxing, and thinking about our conversation, wondering if she could tell that I lied. I stumbled my words, and I’m sure I turned instantly pale. I thought that if she thought I lied to her, then she would wonder who’s side I was on, and not trust me. So I called her as soon as I got out of the bath.

I left her a message and she called me back within 20 minutes. I explained to her that I hate lying and how horrible I am at it, and that I wasn’t completely honest with her because I felt as though she was hinting around to find out if a certain someone from our group had said anything negative about her, and they had. I didn’t want to be the “pot stirrer” or the cause of any drama, however, I felt that she could tell I was lying, and it was important to me for her to know where my loyalties lye. I also told her that I didn’t want to tell her what was said, because it was unimportant, but it showed me what kind of person the shit talker is, and that I know to keep my distance from her.

My boss was so happy that I told her all of this and how thrilled she is that I felt that I could come to her, and more importantly, not fall into that trap and keep above that. She was also very impressed that I could recognize what kind of person the shit talker is.

Apparently they have a long history. The Shit Talker is still an Assistant Property Manager after 5 years. Usually APM’s get promoted within 2 to 3 years. But because of her negative attitude, office gossip, and temper, she’s been held back, even though she knows her job extremely well, and is very good at it and is totally ready in that sense to become a PM.

Monday morning, my boss called me into her office and expressed to me that what I did, showed her that I have the judgment and character to be a PM, and that she is going to recommend me to be the PM of a property that they would start a new PM at. The position is currently available, however I was informed to not get my hopes up, because I am so new, there is a good chance I may not get it, but she has put the word out to the “powers that be” and has given me her complete support.

My boss called the girl and confronted her about what happened, and let her know that this is exactly why she is where she is still. I’m sure the call took the Shit Talker by surprise. She later called my boss back and apologized and said she was totally out of line and it won’t ever happen again.

I was worried that it would affect our group and they wouldn’t want me to be a part of it anymore. But I got an IM from her apologizing to me, and telling me that she wants to make sure I still want to continue with the group. Of course I do….There’s 2 G’s on the line! Lord knows I’ve got credit card bills to pay, and let’s not forget about Christmas!

I went to practice last night, and the Shit Talker was more than sweet to me. She was almost kissing my ass. Seriously. I got stuck talking to her for 45 minutes about her nightmare kitchen remodeling, but not once did she mention anything about the situation, and I wasn’t going to bring it up unless she did. So everything is good!

I get to leave at noon today, off tomorrow (of course), and was supposed to be off on Friday, however, we have a new tenant moving in, and they scheduled the walk-through for Friday. I didn’t have to come in for it, but was given the approval to come in if I wanted. It was left up to me, and since I’m on a roll, I thought I’d definitely score some extra brownie points coming in for that. (And it turns out, that I did).

We’re spending Turkey Day at my parent’s house and David’s family is coming over to meet them for the first time. So that’s a little nerve racking. My sister and I will be cooking all the sides, my Mom bought a pre-cooked Turkey and got a Spiral Cut Ham, in which we just need to heat. Not only will David’s family be there, but my Grandpa and Cousin are also coming. 17 people total. I’m excited, and will be drinking lots of wine.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

5 Comments:

At 12:13 PM, Blogger dasi said...

GLad everything worked out for you. I suck at lying, too. Probably my mom's influence ("If there's ONE thing I WON'T tolerate, it's LIARS!!!!").

Sounds like you've got a big day tomorrow - good luck with everything!! And happy Turkey Day to you & yours!!

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger mal said...

One major advantage to the truth is it is much easier to keep track of it.

Doing the right thing is not always the easiest, but it is the best. I continue to be impressed *S*

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Alice said...

i am the same way... it's obvious to EVERYONE when i'm lying. unless it's making up stories to tease my sister - i'm very good at doing that straight-faced :-D

hope thanksgiving went well! sounds like it shoudl have been fun :-)

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

Ah, welcome to the working world - taking the Shit Talkers down and getting all the promotions for yourself. Brought a tear to my eye, April - congratulations!

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Miladysa said...

Glad everything is going well:)

 

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