Sep 27, 2006

It's Just A Jump To The Left

It's tough to not keep up with a company when you made so many friends while working there and continue to speak to them. The lastest from the "Oh my god, you're not going to believe this" file is hearing about what could only be considered "Project Chameleon Pt Deux".

Project Chameleon was the brilliant idea to take two managers and have them switch spots in some kind of "your department is running okay while yours is fucked up so lets see if it's the manager or the department" experiment. Consider it "Project Freaky Friday" without the comedy or field hockey.

Despite the results of this, it's happening again but on a larger scale. Consider it "Project Rocky Horror" where gads of managers are taking a step to the right and taking over another department. Sales moves to Fulfillment, Fulfillment to Project Management, Strategy to Sales, and so on, and so on, and so on. Is this one of those classic "bus moves" of getting the right people in the right seats on the bus? Is it one of those pragmatic "anyone can do anyone else's job because we're so skilled and diverse"? Or is it a move of desperation; a band-aid for some broken departments?

Regardless, the shuffle (52 Pick-up?) means that that a lot of jokers (gotta keep the card metaphor) continue to rise to / stay at the top while some hard working people remain where they're at. This is nothing new, of course. There's a finite number of upper management positions and a finite number of family/friends to take these slots. The only "break" comes from unexpected firings. Though, from what I hear, at least one other member of the upper management team might be feeling the cold shoulder rather soon. A "discard" as it were. That will leave a spot open for another nanny, cousin, brother, et cetera to fill the role. So, if you're a hard worker that's in line for a potential promotion, well... don't hold you're breath.

And then a step to the right.