Saturday, March 21, 2009

I kiss my PA role goodbye...


I am no longer a personal assistant (PA). It is sad leaving something that I am so familiar with and passionate about. I love being a PA and has been one for many years. But for now, I would have to kiss it goodbye as I move on to something that's totally different to me: CORPORATE PLANNING.

Corporate Planning is the process of drawing up detailed action plans to achieve an organization's goals and objectives, taking into account the resources of the organization and the environment within which it operates. Corporate planning represents a formal, structured approach to achieving objectives and to implementing the corporate strategy of an organization. It has traditionally been seen as the responsibility of senior management. The use of the term became predominant during the 1960s but has now been largely superseded by the concept of strategic management. (Definition by BNET Business Dictionary)


Five days ago, when I was told that I will be transferred to Corporate Planning, I was excited and welcomed the change. I am happy that I am being considered for the position. But then, when it finally dawn on me that I am not a PA anymore, I do feel sad. I'm not sure if this move is a good one for me, but I'm meeting it heads-on and hoping for the best.

I like what the great United States president Theodore Roosevelt said during a 1910 speech in Paris:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually try to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. (Emphasis mine)

With this, I am moving on with confidence, determined to learn as much as I can. I have adopted this attitude in everything that I do including the recent speaking engagement (my first!) and I know I can do it again. And again. And again.