Dear Aunty B,
My budgets have been set too high by my CEO and there is no way I can meet them. The heads of the other business units have all been given achievable targets but mine are ridiculous. I always hit targets and I think they just expect me to achieve them – which is why they put them so high. I am also the only woman leading a business unit and the rest are blokes. I also wasn’t around when we were doing plans as I was having a baby so I think while the men were able to manage expectations at those sessions I wasn’t. I am not getting much sleep as I am still breast feeding and I am feeling like all this is out of my control.
Any idea how to play this?
Dear Linda F,
You are just feeling overwhelmed. Here is what you need to do.
Put your partner on overnight duty. Express some milk, put on a blind fold, stick in your ear plugs, close the door and have a great night’s sleep – or do it for a few nights if your breasts can stand it and your milk is not affected.
Then plan a meeting. Go in and ask them why they have set the targets so high when other targets for the other units are lower? Stay very cool, crack a few jokes, keep your voice low and make your case.
Remember, everything is within your control – after a good night’s sleep. You know how to do this. You have done it before. Or you wouldn’t be where you are now.
Your Aunty B