“I am bored”, says a 30 year high performer in the software industry. Sounds familiar?
This person has just completed the transition of a portfolio of 30 applications from the customer’s environment, which was distributed across the globe, to offshore. She was the first person to join the team over two and a half years ago and has been repeatedly recognized by the customer and her teammates as the linchpin of the success of the entire team. Prior to this project, she was the technical lead in the initial team of four people to work on a new client, which went on to become the third largest customer in the company within a matter of four years. She has received multiple awards including the highest award given in the company, the annual ‘MVP’ award.
She is now bored! There is no greater reward to win. She has all the answers. The project team members come to her for all the technical advice. The program manager and the client partner, while hobnobbing with senior client executives, get their critical inputs on the project from her. There is no technical challenge that she either does not know or cannot figure out the answer to in a short span of time. She knows that she will be assigned to yet another project, to yet another customer, in yet another country and with yet another project team whom she will again have to, yet again, teach the team and lead it to success.
Oh! The burden of excellence. She cannot keep doing this again and again. She is bored.
Has this happened to you? Has this happened to someone you know? Is it familiar? If so, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your comments directly on this blog.
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