Well. That didn’t go well.
For the first time in my life, I’ve become “redundant”. It’s truly not personal nor is it performance based – my company is going through a massive restructuring, aided by an international top strategy consulting firm, and the decision was made to combine my team and another team. Obviously, they don’t need two senior executives to run one team. Both me and my colleague are out and they are looking for someone new.
BUT. I’m not totally gone. My former department has offered me a short-term assignment – basically to save me from being exited from the company. Not everyone is so lucky. Several are getting a severance package today.
It still sucks ass. My direct reports and my team are going to be very distraught. There will continue to be lots of change and unknowns for them. We were building something new and amazing and I was looking forward to it.
And now I need to figure out what’s next for me.
I do have lots of options, I suppose. Given the nature of the work I do, I can try to find something at the company I’m with today, or another in the industry, or into consulting, or be independent. But it’s just not change I particularly want to deal with right now. I’ve already cried a few times today and I’m going to go through the seven stages of grief. At least I know what to expect.
On the bright side, I’ve got answers to two of three outstanding questions, and to quote Meatloaf, that ain’t bad.