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I agree with most on this board. Three months is nothing. It will fly by. Your arrangement would have you gone for 8 or 9 weeks. Plus, being your boss's boss is asking you is a definite plus. I would also agree with hdmccull56 that even though he says it won't be held against you, there is still some risk that it could informally work against you.
What I would recommend is getting something in writing to protect if it extends past three months. Tell them you can commit to three months, but after three months you would have the option to continue or discontinue the arrangement. If you chose to discontinue, I would use the family arrangement card at that time. Generally when something needs turned around or fixed it takes longer than planned. If you only have a verbal commitment, you don't have a commitment.
Your boss's boss is probably not sharing the details with you, because you are probably going to replace someone who is not aware they are going to be replaced just yet. At least, that is what my guess would be.
I dream of a day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.
Can wife take a leave for 3 months?
you have to take it,... with uncertain economies.. get all the $$$ you can while you can.....figure the rest out later..
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Go for it-make your mark-but only if the wife and kids support it! Best of luck!
Do it. 3 months isn't long but beware it could turn out to be 6 then 12 then they may want you to move to this new location. Just saying
Listen I have 40 years experience in the workplace. If you honestly believe that saying no will not be held against you, your level of naivety has no bounds. Explain to your wife you have to do this for the future of the entire family and hope she buys it.
My gut says, if you can make it happen, do so. It'll be tough, short term, may pay off in spades, long term. JMHO
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You should take it G. However, you should sit with your wife and help her come to the realization it's a good move. Remember, it's also a trial for you. You may or may not like being a site Director. Best to know for sure before you move your family to a new city.
As said by others, the 3mo is no biggie. Wife and Grandma can deal with things for 3mo with no problem I'm sure...if they are bought in up front. The issue is the likely move at the end of 3mo.
Do your research and figure out what kind of salary, vacation and bennies to negotiate. Also negotiate extra expenses because you won't want to move the family until after the end of the school year.
I wouldn't worry about a 1mo evaluation. If the site they're sending you to is really fucked up, it will take longer than a mo. to start getting things straight. You'll have no idea what it will be like AFTER you get it squared away for at least 3mo. So any evaluation before then will be premature and distorted by the hassles you'll go through to straighten out the place.
Most of all, make sure the wife knows this doesn't change the recent changes you've made to your relationship. At worst, it puts a 3mo or so pause in the process. She HAS to be bought into that and see the upside of more money, etc. Otherwise this will be a big issue.
Ok. I found out today that they feel the problem is believed to be a personnel one and they want me to go in and deside who goes and who stays
If it's for only three months then I would do it. Who knows what positives come out of it.
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See, this is why I came to you folks, if you want 10 million dollar answers you don't ask millionaires, there are some excellent thoughts in here, thank you. I may pm a few of you if that's ok.
I agree with all the other posters, 3 months is not a long time. My concerns would be that 3 months turns into 6,9 or 12 months. If the place your are going is effed up, then 3 months might be a good amount of time to identify the issues, enact some change procedurally, but it is defintley not enough time to effect permanent change. If people need to be fired, reallocated and new hires brought in, think of how long the interview process takes. It coud be 3 months before you get someone to start their first day of work and through the on-boarding process. That is where I believe I would be nervous about the time extending. You need to ask yourself "Am I prepared to stay longer to complete the task at hand if needed?" Family of course is a major ingredient int that equation.
Since they believe you are a leader and show good decision making qualities, use that to your advantage. Ask them to define the success criteria for doing the assignment so you have parameters to hang your hat on if and when they ask you to stay longer. Organizational change...especially cultural change can be defined and a process implemented structurally within three months. In order for it to take permanent effect, it takes much longer. Its cliche to say, but relevant here...its a process, not an event. IMHO, I would need more information to make a better decision with so many things at stake. I would say something along the lines of... "I spoke to my family and they are willing to back me taking this opportunity, but for all the reasons you say how much the company values family...I need some more information so I can determine if this is the right opportunity for me, my family, my career and the company. I am excited, when can we sit down to discuss this in greater detail?" Only of course, if the family agrees you can swing a 3-6 month stint with the proposed travel schedule. Though you may not be able to get evrything you want so well defined, get as much as you can written in formal communication without making them feel by you agreeing to go, you have become more difficult than your worth.
Best of luck & hope its not TSUN!
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