From FIRE The 9 to 5 …
It’s been a bad week. Every quarter the VP of the business holds an off-site management meeting and the sixteen or so leaders from various parts of Europe meet for a few days. I attend in my capacity as Finance Business Partner and as an introvert, the whole thing is my idea of hell.
From the beginning (go around the table and introduce ourselves for the benefit of any new team members) to the individual presentations (on which I am called on to probe the numbers and provide the finance insight), to the evening social events (an organised activity followed by a restaurant) – I am performing.
Don’t get me wrong, this is part of my job and so I don my professional persona and perform as expected. But the lead up to the event is always stressful as I think about the few days to come and I leave exhausted and fit for nothing.