Crisis management

by Ginger on September 16, 2008

in The 9-5

Today was a day where I confirmed, yet again, what I’m best at (in the working world): Crisis Management. Not creative, not marketing, not managing, not outside-the-box thinking (or for that matter inside-the-box thinking). It’s not that I’m bad at those things, on the contrary I am good at those.

But I’m GREAT at crisis management.

Don’t get me wrong, it makes my blood pressure go up, and I start doing things very fast and staccato–walking, typing, calling, etc. I become a little self-contained whirling dervish. But I’m efficient, calm (on the outside), and firm about fixing problems. There is no shy shrinking flower when I’m dealing with a crisis, no discomfort in talking to people I don’t know, no fear in being the bad guy. There is only getting it fixed.

And honestly, I love it.

I kind of wish I could have that all the time.

Well, sort of. I’m quick to acknowledge that I would, most likely, burn out very very quickly if it were really all crises all the time. And let’s be realistic, a crisis in the marketing world is not the same as a crisis in health care, or other fields that affect individuals. If today’s crisis hadn’t been fixed, the most that would have happened is we had a pissed off author. We might have lost some budgetary dollars fixing it. MAYBE we would have had to cancel the book if the author was pissed enough. So I’m aware that there are varying levels of the word Crisis.

But, the feeling of being efficient, of being the person who knows how to fix something and who does, of being the calm in the middle of the storm–THAT I like. THAT I wish I could be a part of more often. THAT makes me go, damn, I’m the absolute right person in this job.

Jessica September 16, 2008 at 6:35 pm

There is a thrill that goes along with crisis management. You go into autopilot/overdrive and it is somewhat comforting.

Single September 17, 2008 at 4:28 am

Yay! That’s a good thing to be good at, I think. I’m glad you are able to see your strengths:-)

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