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Subject: OT: I'm freaking out a little bit....
Date Posted: 1/20/2011 9:40 AM ET
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My boss's secretary just called and said that the Executive Vice President of our region is in our office today and wants to meet with me in my office in an hour.  This NEVER happens!!!!  I have no idea what is up, but I'm freaking out a bit and need to clean off my desk!  It's a wreck!!!

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 9:50 AM ET
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Good luck Christa, hopefully this is something GOOD!

Diane

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 9:53 AM ET
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Be sure that youreport back and in the meantime, we will think good thoughts about the outcome of this!! Which I'm sure it will be a good outcome.wink

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 9:54 AM ET
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It has to be something good.  The Regional VP would not come to deliver bad news.  They have minions for that. 

Crossing my fingers that its a raise/promotion/presentation of a new car for your years of dedicated service to their company smiley

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 10:26 AM ET
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Good luck and I'll keep my fingers crossed too. It has to be something good, they never ever give you a heads up like that for the bad stuff (says someone who has watched too many go in the last year...)

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 10:39 AM ET
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Ooh! Good luck! I hope it's super awesome news!

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 11:30 AM ET
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It's bound to be good!  A raise would mean more money for books....wink

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Date Posted: 1/20/2011 11:32 AM ET
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Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 11:40 AM ET
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Well....nothing too exciting.  He just had an extra day in the office and wanted to meet with some of the upcoming leaders in the company.  He asked about what I wanted to do in the future, would I be willing to move, where I would be willing to go...specifically asking about Asia and Australia!  So nothing specific, but it's nice to know I'm on "the list" of people that they are watching.

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 12:04 PM ET
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Wow, that's really cool you've been noticed and thought so well of! Asia or Australia? Super exciting!

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 12:15 PM ET
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That is super exciting, Christa! Unfortunately, you will have to let him know that you can not move to any other country because you are the challenge leader here. I'm sure he will understand. :-D

 

Seriously, I have no doubt that you should be at the top of the people to watch list. We have already seen that you are outgoing, thorough and inventive when it comes to projects (just look at our challenge!), you care about doing a good job, and you easily relate to people (you jumped right into this wonky group!). These are things I always admire and businesses should too. Tell him I said to put you at the very top of his list! ;-)

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 1:08 PM ET
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Congratulations and whew! 

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 1:49 PM ET
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I should have told him that I couldn't move to another country because there is not an international media mail rate!  LOL!  I did tell him it would be 3 - 5 years before I would be willing to move.  Gotta get both of my kids settled before I do anything like that. 

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 1/20/2011 2:02 PM ET
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That is really great!! It says a lot that he thought to come and talk with you. Congrats.

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 3:07 PM ET
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Did you give him your cold? winkdevil

Kudos!

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 3:14 PM ET
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Good going Christa and BTW - I say what Valli said!!!yes

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 10:11 PM ET
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Kudos to you Christa, but you can't move to Australia or Asia.  How would you get the chocolate fountain there?  I guess we would all have to follow the trail of melted chocolate on the water to find you.

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 11:05 PM ET
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Ha ha!  The chocolate fountain will be long gone by then!  We have an office in The Netherlands in a small-ish town outside of Amsterdam.  It is beautiful and just "old Europe" enough to be quaint, but still a quick train ride into Amsterdam for big city stuff.  Plus there is great chocolate there!  That's the office I'd work in if it were only up to me. But I think I'd have a hard time convincing DH to move to Europe.   Maybe Australia.  Asia would probably be Singapore, but I don't think he'd go there either.  It's all nice to think about, but there are a gazillion things that could happen between now and when we'd have to make a decision like that.

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 7:46 AM ET
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Christa, maybe everyone else knows, but what do you do?  I can't get my boss to let me transfer to a different branch to save me an hour on my daily commute!  

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 8:01 AM ET
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My degree is in chemical engineering, but I am a project manager at a major, global engineering and construction firm.  I have worked for them for over 20 years and they have been very very good to me.  I love what I do, but I can only go one, maybe two more steps up the ladder before they will push me to take an international assignment to go any higher. So that's the decision we'll have to make in the next few years.  Do I really want to go any higher?  I don't know.  I'm pretty happy doing what I'm doing.

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 8:02 AM ET
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I should have told him that I couldn't move to another country because there is not an international media mail rate! 

Yes, tell them you would need a salary adjustment to cover international postage rates for books.

I'm glad it was a good conversation.

Diane

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 8:10 AM ET
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Chirsta, OZ would be interesting but have you heard about the cost of getting books there? The postage is oftentimes more expensive than a new book is crying

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 8:39 AM ET
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I know...if I moved out of the country, I might have to break down and get an ereader!  Horrors!  (as I'm stealthily stocking up on Kindle books whenever I see something good that is free)