Adaptability

Its Day 24 of 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge and I have discovered something about myself in my new role.

When I first started as Branch Manager, I thought it would be good, but I knew I was going to miss all the IT and social network stuff that I had been working on.  Turns out, not so much.

I still keep an eye on our website and our other web presences and do little things. I’m still a little possessive – probably because I was one of the people who built them.

But on the whole I have found it much easier to move away from that and into the on-the-ground, dealing with staff, hands-on type work, including the minutia and details that come with being a branch manager.

I am exercising skills that have mostly remained dormant since I was last a branch manager over ten years ago and am enjoying the differences that have come in the role, both over time and with working in a bigger library.

I tried to figure out today why I was enjoying it so much and there are probably a few reasons:

  • I’m a list type person and can be very task focused, so am enjoying having plenty of work today and ticking them off on the list as they are done
  • I am enjoying the wide variety of work that is involved, as well as utilising my administration skills, which are one of my strengths
  • I am working with staff that I have known for a long time, with whom I share a mutual respect and from whom I have acceptance and support in this new role
  • And I still get to play with the website and social networking stuff – just to keep my hand in.

Still adjusting to working full time, but adapting to that too.

I knew that human beings were adaptable, but didn’t realise how much and how quickly it could happen.

What is your story of adaptability?