I was coughing intensely and rushed into the T2 to start downing down some water. There was an Asian lady and a couple of her friends going through all the different types of teas that can be made by T2 and wondering which one she should buy. I recall being very impatient as I wanted to start our WIP knowing that there is a lot to get through that day. Choosing to have lemon and ginger tea instead of coffee we sit down on a table set that’s very narrow. I brought along with me my blue plastic folder and pencil case with three distinct colours but choose black.
L was going through the cluster comms which took less than ten minutes and we started talking about the stylist workshop i attended including the finance help I had with Lou. I wasn’t resentful or agitated like I normally am. I felt we were working together and I guess I was no longer working against her. She asked if I learned anything useful and I didn’t have the heart to say that it was a nice bludge day and that I knew most of what was being said. I guess i felt good that I didn’t take the afternoon off as planned and actually did something that was useful.
L then proceeded to tell me that at the meeting with the JK and TM, my name came up in the pool of potential new MM’s. This means that my development plan needs to be halved in time with the goal of being an MM within 6 months. L looked pleased and told me that she will be pushing me to make decisions. That I have to start acting like an MM now and she will be asking my judgement on why I had made certain choices. She then explained that she didn’t want me to think that she am shirking my job or that she was being horrible. Simply put she wants me to be an MM quick. So what are the top 3 things I need to improve now and what do I need to do to get there.
As much as this news delighted me, I had way too much water at the start of the day and a pot of lemongrass tea. I was squirming in my seat most of the time she was telling me this good news and instead of asking many questions, I was thinking how am I going to stop myself from peeing as toilets in that part of the centre was non-existent.
She looked really happy, genuinely happy that this was happening for me. I think I have misjudged her. She did say that she is doing this because one day soon, she won’t be there for me to bounce ideas off from to which I replied - that is not true, I will continue to call you. This earned a smile. And a rift that was there through misunderstanding about her intentions was mended.