My CEO mentioned to me before Christmas that everything was going through him from the perspective of me liaising with other colleagues.
I have a first class relationship with my boss and by speaking to him first-and-foremost I can avoid inter-personal relations/difficulties with others.
Its not innately good of course, so I have decided to be more proactive in this sphere.
Today I contacted a colleague and suggested that we work together to develop a relationship with a key supplier. He agreed and was enthusiastic about it so feel I have achieved a win!
I had a conversation with my boss this morning who seemed a trifle agitated with me when we discussed an issue.
He seemed to think that I was assuming something when I wasn't. I am conscious that, in the past, I have automatically believed that people should/are understanding me when they may not be.
I was patient and responded carefully. However, I am worried that my mode of communication may be less than efficient.
I have been unhappy with the output of our retained PR agent for a while. I don't think that she is being proactive enough or generating the publicity that the company needs.
Recently we have missed out on a couple of major features in key publications that, I feel, we should have been represented in.
I have asked her about this, but her answers have, to my mind been unsatisfactory.
After another instance last week I approached her again. Apparently, my demeanour upset her: she said that I came across as "aggressive"
There is a fellow worker in the office who is opinionated and sometimes difficult to get along with.
Doing the Christmas rounds today - saying everyone the best - he was cold and refused to really acknowldge my best wishes.
It may be nothing, but I have always felt that I worry too much about what others think and there reactions.
I am going to make a concerted effort not to do so, or let it affect me, my demeanour or appearance.
The Board Meeting yesterday went very well.
The main shareholders believe that the company is progressing so well that they are going to delay the decision on any flotation for a month to avoid underselling.
My boss is clearly really winning favour, so its important that I remain close to him.
Its also important that I project myself proactively to the advisors who are working with us on the flotation. I made a conscious effort to do this yesterday.
I had to call someone today to inform them that they were not going to be called for an interview at the company.
The person hadn't put an e-mail address on the his CV like the other applicants had which meant I couldn't write to them.
Not the sort of thing that I thing that I like doing normally. I know that it wasn't confrontational, but I was still the purveryor of disappointing news - to a young person as well.
However, I got straight to the point and was honest which was all I could do really.
I think we are on the verge of securing that all important second contract which I have been working towards.
Its been first-and-foremost a team effort. The designer of the product has done, in conjunction with my CEO, a great job in producing a great design document, and wider issues such as the strength of our technology have come into play.
However, we have been working with this company for two years and, initially, they were hugely sceptical about us.
A few months back, I feel that my boss (the CEO) had given up on them. I never did however.
Had some good news today.
Looks like we have secured the all important second contract that we have been working towards.
Its with a company with whom we have been liasing for two years. It hasn't been an easy relationship, but we (I) have persevered and it looks as though we have come up trumps.
From the perspective of my Asperger it emphasies the importance of being patient.
I know that I don't acquire knowledge or understanding of markets easily but, once I do, I tend to excel.
I missed a chance to be proactive yesterday.
The large scale project that we are currently building has the potential to be extended going forward given the market's expansion. The customer however, is not yet convinced.
My boss has asked me to out together a paper for them outlining developments in the market and how other competitors have started to react.
I could have thought of this. It would also have been seen as taking the initiative.
I know that my Asperger means that I can easily drift back in =to my comfort zone, but I need to guard against this.
I have been doing a few things outside of my normal job remit today and have been thoroughly enjoying it!
Firstly, I have written a couple of job descriptions for some recruitment we are doing and got them posted on some industry websites.
Secondly, I have been trying to arrange some quotations to update our corporate website.
A quote has come back, and it seems to me maybe a bit high. I have forwarded to my boss for his views.
Maybe I should have said more myself about what I think we should have done. After all I posted a piece on Assertiveness this week!!!