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Have you ever been put in a position of power? Did you become a rabid dictator, or did you completely arse it up and end up publicly humiliated? We demand you tell us your stories.

Thanks to The Supreme Crow for the suggestion

(, Thu 8 Jul 2010, 14:09)
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23 year old "IT Manager" placed in charge of the networky bits of a building renovation
My first tastes of power the likes of which I haven't known since.

Knowing how the company I worked for liked to play musical offices on a daily basis and converting every part of the building in every concievable way (any wall was very much a temporary arrangement) I ordered a MINIMUM (frequently more) of 2 structured cabling points PER WALL, in every room of the building including the toilets. And a modern telephone system that uses the same cable structure.

A little excessive and expensive but oh yes, give me that kind of power and I will be utilising it to make my life easier. That's basically what I do in positions of power, I'm a lazy sod. No more scrambling around running cables, finding spare switches, moving network sockets from place to place. Someone moves, "right, what socket number are you moving from and to" - down to the server room, move a couple of patch cables, done.

I now work elsewhere (5 years on) where I am much better paid but have been long beaten to that particular position. The IT Manager is my boss here and is of the type where if I want to so much as change a toner for someone he stops me on the way out of the door to check that I verified that it's empty (not low), where it's going, who asked for it etc etc. Doesn't trust me with a thing, kind of bad for self esteem but it pays the bills. I have no say in anything whatsoever (well sort of... I can make suggestions and have them shot down without a second's thought).

I'm probably in my more rightful place for the age now, to be fair.

(Lack of funnies etc, just to say I miss my little masterpiece. The networking here is far less organised or modern)
(, Thu 8 Jul 2010, 15:27, Reply)

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