April 21, 2010

...And It Worked

Damn you guys are awesome. I mean really and truly awesome. And apparently very effective though I'd like to think I had something to do with it as well. See, yesterday, I got a promotion. Not the kind of promotion where someone tacks on another Roman numeral to your title and pats you on the back. No, this is really a pretty big one. Like, seriously big. See, I just became one of the people Iooked up to, regarded as the ultimate authority, when I first started this job eight years ago. It's pretty amazing. All I can say is...


...and, of course, thank you for all the positive thoughts. I want to take you all out for a beer. What time's good for you?

Posted by Chris at April 21, 2010 6:42 AM

Congratulations!! You have certainly put in the hours and deserve it!

Just name the place.....we will all be there!

Posted by: Debbie at April 21, 2010 7:29 AM

well, the best time for me would be when i head your way to a family camping thing with my brother (near va beach)... you're around there somewhere ain't ya???

congrats!!!!!!!!! you work hard! you deserve it... obviously your foot didn't slip while climbing the corporate ladder...

Posted by: the unicorn at April 21, 2010 7:34 AM

Oh Chris! Congratulations. You did it. Can you find me a decent Canadian beer? Please? So. Do we get to know where to find your office? Or your job title? Or do I have to wait for the press conference?

Posted by: Christy at April 21, 2010 7:35 AM

Congratulations Chris! I'm sure it was much deserved!

Posted by: Lisa at April 21, 2010 7:40 AM

Wonderful - congrats. Go pour yourself a Kronenberg.

Posted by: meanie at April 21, 2010 7:57 AM

Oh wow, Chris! I'm so happy for you! You'll have to email me and let me know what kind of position you're referring to.

Congrats, my friend. Majorly awesome. :)

Posted by: Zandria at April 21, 2010 8:05 AM



I'll be there around 10 am.

Too early?

Posted by: Julie at April 21, 2010 8:24 AM

RAWK! Congratulations--you done good, Mister.


Posted by: Elise at April 21, 2010 8:26 AM

Congratulations. We're facing furloughs so anytime someone gets a break I'm all for it. I'm pretty busy the next couple of weeks but maybe in May? I'll let you know.

Posted by: daisy at April 21, 2010 8:28 AM

Excellent - congrats!!! And now, now is good... Seriously - have a NOVA happy hour somewhere (Dogfish Ale House?) and we'll be there!

Posted by: Sue R at April 21, 2010 8:32 AM


Posted by: Becky at April 21, 2010 8:34 AM

Congratulations! I don't like beer, but I'll have a cocktail of some sort to celebrate with you.

Posted by: Michelle at April 21, 2010 8:38 AM

Wow, heartfelt congratulations.

And, just think, you didn't even have to play golf for it! And when you DO play golf, assuming there is anyone there lower than you on the totem pole, now YOU are the one they have to let win.

Posted by: Sabrina at April 21, 2010 8:41 AM

very cool beans, mister. congratulations. no doubt it is well deserved.

i'll pass on the beer but I'll happily accept a Coke. :)

Posted by: Patricia at April 21, 2010 8:42 AM

I'd like to take credit for sending the good mojo your way, but I do believe you earned this all on your own. Congrats, Chris!

Posted by: Susan at April 21, 2010 8:43 AM

Congrats!! You've most definitely earned it!

Posted by: kris at April 21, 2010 8:48 AM


I'll meet you at VT Pub and Brewery and treat you to a Stovepipe Porter. Just give me some notice 'cause it will take me about 8 hours to get there :).

Posted by: Elizabeth at April 21, 2010 8:49 AM

You better be a damn good boss. Be nice to the little people, okay?

Posted by: k8 at April 21, 2010 8:51 AM

WOOO, congrats! You deserve it, as hard as you work.

Posted by: Fraulein N at April 21, 2010 9:00 AM

Friday night after the Band of Horses show. A place with Newcastle, pls. :D

But seriously, congrats. This is awesome! You deserve it :)

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at April 21, 2010 9:03 AM

Way to go!!!

Posted by: caleal at April 21, 2010 9:04 AM

Rock on, brother! Way to go!

Posted by: J at April 21, 2010 9:12 AM

Sorry man, I'm working late again (darn promotions) but thanks anyway. ;)


Posted by: Brad at April 21, 2010 9:18 AM

I do what I can.

As for the beer, I actually do need to head up your way in the next month to see so friends, so maybe we can actually get a beer. It might be a little weird at first, but there would be beer, so not that big a deal.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at April 21, 2010 9:29 AM


And...how's 6:30?

Posted by: Kris H. at April 21, 2010 9:32 AM

Woo-Hoo! Head up to Boston and we'll show you beer.

Posted by: Karen at April 21, 2010 9:32 AM

Well done man! Time for some practical advice:
1. With promotions come a whole new set of assumptions, many that aren't viewable from the outside. There will be new benchmarks by which you will be judged, and new waters that will need navigation. Start getting the lay of the land right off to make sure you understand exactly what success looks like ( and it may not necessarily look anything like the thing you did to get the promotion ).
2. Know what they called the guy who was the lowest in his class at med school? Doctor. With the title will come outside expectations that may be right, may not be, all based on the point of view of the observer. Point here is: Find out what others in your field outside your company define that role as. Good way to do that is to start networking with others with the same title, and with those on the next rung up. Get as much feedback as you can on what they do, how they do it, and how it is working for them. Also remember that most people will pad how well it is going for them, and downplay how much trouble they may be having.
3. Turn that voracious appetite for books to some management books; specifically I recommend Getting Things Done, and The One Minute Manager. Also Drucker, and keep in touch with the folks in the Agile development world.
4. Write a letter to yourself TODAY about how you feel about this promotion, how hard you worked for it, and how proud of yourself you are. Write about what you want to accomplish, what you hope the outcome will be, and how you plan to accomplish it. Put it in a drawer, and pull it out when you start to feel burned out / stressed out with the new role. It will help to reinvigorate you.
5. Recognize that some of your social dynamics will change; friends you had before will still be your friends but may harbor some jealousy. Others outside your immediate circle may subtly treat you with more respect, or more disdain, dependent on their own emotional baggage. Be gracious, but let them bring it up if they want to talk through it. Otherwise, just act normal and let them sort through it.
6. The rule is the guy who just got the pay raise buys the first round. ;)


Posted by: metawizard at April 21, 2010 9:39 AM

Congrats! Well deserved!

Posted by: molly at April 21, 2010 9:39 AM

Congrats. Hopefully this is a nifty promotion where you get paid more and work less :)

Posted by: Rex at April 21, 2010 9:54 AM

YAY!!! It's always fun to finally be rewarded for all of the ass-busting that you do. Congratulations. *raises coffee cup* Beer on the patio at 6 today? It's supposed to be 75 and sunny. You get first round; I'll get second.

Posted by: Emly at April 21, 2010 9:57 AM

I will drink a Longboard tonight and raise the bottle in your general direction.

Posted by: Jen at April 21, 2010 10:01 AM

woo hoooo! Chris, you rocked it! You deserve it!

Posted by: Niki at April 21, 2010 10:08 AM

Fantastic news!!! Congratulations :)

Posted by: Jane in Pa at April 21, 2010 10:09 AM

"Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could
So somewhere in your youth or childhood
You must have done something good"

Maria in Sound of Music

Big congratulations. No one deserves it more. Now I know why you were so reticent yesterday. It's like talking about a no hitter in the 8th inning.

No beer but if I'm ever in your vicinity I'd love a caramel macchiato.

Posted by: Ann Elizabeth Adams at April 21, 2010 10:10 AM

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. :)

Posted by: Scatteredmom at April 21, 2010 10:12 AM

Congratulations! Just give me a little advance notice on the time for the drink since I'll be coming from Los Angeles...

Posted by: Karrin at April 21, 2010 10:59 AM

Rock on, dude!

I like Austin's practical comments, especially about writing the letter to yourself. It will give you an interesting perspective of where you were, when you read it again. I once did something similar, but my letter was sent to me by a third party one year after it was written. It was pretty darn enlightening.

Meet ya for an Arrogant Bastard Ale when you give the word.

Happy day!

Posted by: bacioni at April 21, 2010 11:01 AM

Good for you Chris!

Posted by: Heather at April 21, 2010 11:02 AM

Holy shit, that's awesome!

Posted by: Hope at April 21, 2010 11:07 AM

Congratulations! That is awesome.

Posted by: bad penguin at April 21, 2010 11:09 AM

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very much deserved. You will have to drink a beer for me..damn the distance!

Posted by: kali at April 21, 2010 11:09 AM

Yay! Congratulations Chris!

Posted by: Iris at April 21, 2010 11:10 AM

Congratulations! That rocks! You work very hard and deserve this.

Posted by: debb at April 21, 2010 11:13 AM

See? Hard work really does pay off! I know you work really hard and are dedicated to doing a good job (at least, that is what comes across in all of your blogs!)


Posted by: 3jaysmom at April 21, 2010 11:14 AM

Probably the best news I'm going to hear today.....SUPER HAPPY FOR YOU!!! WOOHOOO!!! I hope it brings you happiness in your soul and hopefully a little bit of extra bucks to do some nice things with your beautiful family.

Enjoy Chris :)

Posted by: Jean at April 21, 2010 11:17 AM

Tomorrow at 7 pm would be a good time for me. Are you coming to Iowa or am I going there? :)

Posted by: Jen R. (emeraldsunshine.org) at April 21, 2010 11:35 AM

Way to go. Enjoy the moment.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at April 21, 2010 11:36 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!!! So great. Cheers from California!

Posted by: mandy at April 21, 2010 11:56 AM


Posted by: Julie Andel at April 21, 2010 12:03 PM


And I'd like to add I'm pretty sure it was my good luck vibes that pushed it over the edge, so I'll take two beers. Thanks.

Posted by: stephanie at April 21, 2010 12:11 PM


Posted by: alektra at April 21, 2010 12:11 PM

Good on ya! I wish I had a job a) with interesting opportunities for advancement and/or b) that I gave a crap about advancing in.

Best wishes!!

Posted by: Brooke at April 21, 2010 12:13 PM

Congratulations, Chris! Well deserved!

Posted by: cyndy at April 21, 2010 12:34 PM

Woo! Congratulations!

Posted by: Lisa at April 21, 2010 12:44 PM


Posted by: Kevin Spencer at April 21, 2010 12:51 PM

CONGRATS! Nothing is better than getting recognized for the good work you (obviously) do! Rock on!

Posted by: Aimee at April 21, 2010 12:53 PM

Didn't you read my blog today?
I don't like beer! LOL!
Congratulations! I'm sure you deserved it!

Posted by: Rose @Dozenroses13 at April 21, 2010 1:32 PM

Woah, did someone say beer?

Nice one Chris.... good karma (work ethic) I'm sure !

Hope that doesn't mean you are going to be too important to mingle with us lowly sorts now : )

Posted by: english thorn at April 21, 2010 1:36 PM

Now's good - are you going to pick me up or do I have to drive myself?

Posted by: Kim at April 21, 2010 2:01 PM

congrats to you! so, now you are The Man? these are scary time we live in :)

Posted by: jeanne at April 21, 2010 2:29 PM

Congratulations, Chris! I knew you could do anything you set your mind too!

Posted by: Maribeth at April 21, 2010 2:31 PM

Congrats! :-)

I'm glad the luck we sent worked. Maybe next everyone could send me some luck to win the lottery.

Posted by: Steph at April 21, 2010 2:34 PM

Woo-hoo! Nicely done!

Posted by: Katherine at April 21, 2010 3:08 PM

Ooooo, you get to be in charge of the Slushy machine??? You are my idol. CONGRATS!

Posted by: MidLifeMama at April 21, 2010 3:18 PM

I guessed RIGHT....yippeee for ME too...for being a good guesser.

Well deserved promo..since you work like a dog.

Posted by: Kristy at April 21, 2010 3:36 PM

W00t!! Good job, sir! I'm sure it is well-deserved.
And I want to come to DC someday, just no idea when. So when I do, I'll see if I can get in touch to take you up on that beer ;)

Posted by: Heather at April 21, 2010 3:42 PM

Thats awesome, congratulations!!

Posted by: Lesley at April 21, 2010 3:50 PM

Yeah! for good things happeing in your life!

Posted by: Gypsy at April 21, 2010 4:02 PM

Fuckin' sweet! Congrats dude - you are one hardworking fellow and you totally deserve it.

Posted by: Rengirl at April 21, 2010 4:10 PM


Not sure how far you are from the Inner Harbor, but I will be there from Thursday-Sunday this weekend and would love to say Congrats in person!!

Posted by: Krush at April 21, 2010 4:45 PM


Posted by: bouncy at April 21, 2010 5:37 PM

Congrats!!!! well deserved....on the beer, well I'm having a BLUE just for you!!!! altho it is a beautiful day up the coast, you could run up for a visit...Canadian Beer is soooo much better...lol ....does this mean you get a PRIVATE bathroom??? I really hope not...lol...luv those stories!!!!!

Posted by: Roberta at April 21, 2010 5:42 PM

congratulations!! big news!

Posted by: kati at April 21, 2010 5:52 PM

Congratulations Chris! That's fantastic!

Anytime after 8pm is fine with me, but if it's on a Saturday, I gotta bring my bf too. Don't worry, you won't have to pay for him... lol.

Posted by: Debra at April 21, 2010 6:07 PM

Congratulations! That's awesome.

Posted by: Dawn at April 21, 2010 8:01 PM

Congrats, sir!

Any time is a good time for a beer.

Posted by: Matt Sledge at April 21, 2010 11:47 PM

I'm glad the good thoughts (and your being the most qualified!) helped. I got a promotion today! Maybe there's something in the water.

Posted by: Tracy at April 22, 2010 12:15 AM

Awesome! Congratulations!!

Posted by: Amy at April 22, 2010 1:57 AM

Congratulations! You've worked really hard & you deserve it!

Posted by: Delia at April 22, 2010 3:02 AM

Whoo! Congrats, Chris! I'm happy for you!! =D

Posted by: Kim at April 22, 2010 8:48 AM

Dang, i am way behind on my blog reading. Congratulations!!! Well deserved.

Posted by: Caitlin at April 22, 2010 9:51 AM

Sorry this is late and I have been off the net since having a baby recently but congrats! That's totally awesome. :)

Posted by: Claire at April 22, 2010 9:59 AM

Congratulations. That is great news. No longer working for the man, but being the man.

Posted by: William at April 22, 2010 2:01 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That's awesome! You work harder than most people I know so you definitely deserve it!

Posted by: Michelle at April 22, 2010 2:22 PM


Posted by: Lisa at April 22, 2010 5:58 PM


Heineken in Amsterdam then?

Posted by: mikkie at April 23, 2010 5:55 AM

Alright! Go you! Congrats! So now you're a ringleader in Monkeytown. You've earned it.

Posted by: bri at April 23, 2010 10:49 AM

As I'm on vacation, I'm a bit behind on my blog reading. Major congratulations, Chris, on your (obviously) well deserved promotion. I'll enjoy my Fat Tire here in Savannah tonight in your honor.

Posted by: at April 23, 2010 9:27 PM

Awesome! You rock.

Posted by: Nicole at April 24, 2010 12:14 AM

Congrats... :-)

Posted by: Nat at April 25, 2010 8:43 AM

Way to Go Chris!! I'm behind on my blog reading these days so sorry for the late comment but had to tell you that is fantastic and wonderful. We all know you deserve this :-)

Posted by: Diane at April 25, 2010 10:37 AM

Congratulations! :) *cheers*

Posted by: Hannah at April 25, 2010 1:14 PM

ROCK ON!!!!!

Posted by: Aimee Greeblemonkey at April 25, 2010 1:14 PM

Congrats :)

Posted by: Poppy at April 29, 2010 7:14 PM