Ralf K. wrote:Thank you all, great and useful advices (as always).
@D.X.This would have been exactly my next question: Shall I communicate my career strategy openly. Now i know.
I am glad that I am not the only one who thinks this is sooo political. I used to work in research lab in industry. Now in the international organization in sales&marketing it's not comparable, every sentence and presentation I need to very be careful what I write to not comit to anything by mistake. Even when you are at lunch the people watch their back before they talk.
To respond to the question in what context I mentioned it:
I am just finishing an additional certification that I started before joining this company on my own expenses. The company asked me if they should pay some parts, and I said no and they were wondering why. So I said I would like to learn more about marketing and business development and do an MBA later. My true motivation was really that I want to learn it (and that I want to add something to my Master, as I compete with PhDs).
So I will be more carefull to whom I speak about my motivation.
And welcome to the world of corporate politics where the best opinion to have is no opinion and the best survival tactic you have is ensure every decision is a team consensus decision - this is where the so called corporate veil starts. It's super intensified as you noticed at the Global/International-Level and especially in an industry where at our Level there is more Job consolidation than Job growth. So enter you lunch experiences. Do you work, Keep your head down, and learn stakeholder Management - build personal advocates behind closed doors, learn the art of getting Agreement in smaller Teams before bringing things a larger audience. Stay Close to your Boss and ensure you're speaking one voice in your department - Refrain from opinion, stick to Facts.
And even when you do tell the Facts, well you have probably seen that it is quite represents, and probably has to, a virtual reality of the actual truth :)
Try to be beyond reproach. Do not get too passionate, ensure you Keep a distance and don't get too emotionally attached to anything you do or propose. Be flexible.
I would think going to an affliate would be better but that's quite incremental - I do maintain a Level of politics is removed when you eliminate the Global Connection - however - you'll have a different set of politics to deal with as a function of your affilate size/ and more organizational complexity.
Glad you take the key learning from me - don't socialize you ambitions openly. I think though this coversation will go out of scope of the Forum so contineu any further Dialog with me via PM as needed.
Being anonmous on this board offers me the opportunity to share such views without Retaliation.
Edited to add a few Points.