This year has been a time of some transition as far as media goes. In January, I started working for the New York Times. I am still a subscriber, but it is important to note that any job you are an employee at this time of year can take that title and become a full-fledged position at the end of the year.
It’s always a little awkward when you are an employee at a new media company and you have to start up a new job after an entire year in the trenches. You have to make sure you are making the right decisions in the process, and that you are going to stick it out. We all know that you are lucky to be in a place where we can all share our ideas and opinions with each other, and this year has been an important year.
I will try to keep track of that, and I will also try to remember to tell you about it in a year’s time.
The most important factor in determining a new media company is a good culture, and the new media company I work for is very strong on this aspect. We are very clear about the expectations we have of each other, and it is a process that every new employee goes through. I am glad that this new employee is starting a new job with me after ten years in the trenches.
We started our new company from the ground up. There are some things I will take with me into my new job, but mostly I will be relying on my experience as a software developer. One of the things we try to do is to maintain a strong culture of open and honest communication. People are treated with dignity and respect, and it is encouraged that any employee feels a personal and professional responsibility to be transparent.
I guess I can hear the rossmoor employees saying, “There goes their job.
I agree. It’s a little unnerving when you’re a person who’s not used to being the sole provider for your own life. I think it was Steve Jobs who said, “If I can’t be a mother to my kids, I’ll have to be a mother to my iPhone.
I think it goes without saying that when youre a single man on your own, you are, in a sense, a lone wolf. I mean, we all know what kind of a life you have, but the fact that you have it makes you feel like youve got something to lose.
In a way, I love it. I mean, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to make a decision that has very little to do with your own desires (like the moment where you need to give someone a job) I imagine what you would do. If we all took a moment to pause and reflect on what we truly want our lives to look like, I can assure you that we would do exactly the same thing.
We all live in different worlds, and we would all do the same thing, if we all had to choose. In that moment as I write this I feel like the choice is mine. Its mine for me to make.