September 29, 2009
Closer to the Front Lines, II
Last year, I wrote about our sabbatical policy and how I had spent six weeks filling in for George when he was out. I just finished up filling in for Jack (our COO/CFO) while he was out on his. Although for a variety of reasons I wasn’t as deeply engaged with Jack’s team as I was last year with George’s, I did find some great benefits to working more directly with them.
In addition to the ones I wrote about last year, another discovery, or rather, reminder, that I got this time around was that the bigger the company gets and the more specialized skill sets become, there are an increasing number of jobs that I couldn’t step in and do in a pinch. I used to feel this way about all non-technical jobs in the early years of the company, but not so much any more.
Anyway, it’s always a busy time doing two jobs, and probably both jobs suffer a bit in the short term. But it’s a great experience overall for me as a leader. Anita’s sabbatical will also hit in 2010 — is everyone ready for me to run sales for half a quarter?