I'm an SLI, so I can do the math, but I can do without the social stuff. We were a great team. Don't under estimate the value of the IEE, if you can overlook some personal chaos, you will have a loyal, hardworking, networking machine.
To answer your question about freedom, The IEE I know aims to please, so you can set rules. The problem is that she was just not able to focus on details. Don't think in terms of loosening/tightening the reins. The IEE is not to be broken. Just be careful to design job duties that maximize interpersonal contact. Avoid routine, and logic/analytical duties. Monitor closely any output that requires disciplined, controlled, consistent effort.
Enneagram 5 with a side of wings.
So very true, for the first couple months of my job, i was really just on my own working on what we'd planned for me to do. Finally i came to an impasse where i really needed to talk to my boss to answer my many questions, i set up a meeting, and at that point, he realized he needs to meet with me more often. So he had his secretary set up weekly meetings for us. And it's really been great that way. If i dont have anything new to show him in a given week, we just talk about career plans and big picture ideas.
That last part is really important as well--meaning that if there's a deadline or something, just gently prod the IEE, never ever rush them, well you can and sometimes it's necessary, but very gently. Can't rush our genius! j/k But really being rushed sort of paralyzes me. And also it's because as Cyrano said, we aim to please, and we would never intentionally slack or be lazy; if we get the feeling that we are a total disappointment to our boss, it's so discouraging and eventually the IEE will leave, because we want our work to be meaningful. On the other hand, if the boss really likes what we're doing or at least is constructive and encouraging, we'll try even harder! (at least I will!)
Last edited by Suz; 08-20-2010 at 10:39 PM.
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