Well, this is the first time to post to this forum. I am excited to be part of like minded individuals that want more out of life!
With that I have a problem that I am trying to dissect, but I feel like my emotions are trumping my voice of reason. Last week, I accepted a new position with the company I have been working with for 3 years. I pitched a few ideas about 11 months ago that I dreamed up after reading the 48 Days book, and they are finally moving on it now. I feel like I should be excited, but just a few days in and I am dreading it more than my previous position. I am now responsible for the development of youth activities in our organization. Before I accepted the position, I asked them what they wanted and they said they wanted me to essentially implement my ideas over a slow period of time.
Yesterday, I found out that our Executive Director added a program to the budget that I had no clue he was thinking of. He essentially wants a week long winter day camp because he feels like children will be out of school, and parents will want a place for their children to go. This camp would run from December 17th-December 21st. I asked them if they looked at the multiple school districts' schedule to see when they are letting out, and they never even thought of that. We did some looking and their is only 1 school district that gets out on the 17th, and it is NOT within our target market. The other school districts get out on the 19th or the 21st. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are on Monday and Tuesday this year so I know that most people within our target market will likely take the Friday off before and take a week long vacation.
I have specialized in youth activities for over 7 years in various capacities. I have never heard of organizations planning a winter camp at Christmas. I even googled to see if maybe I am the crazy one, and there is only one organization that I found that had a clinic close to Christmas. When I brought up my concerns I was forcefully told that this was happening, and that I am going to do it.
My dilemma is that this will be my first project as the youth activities coordinator and I feel like I am already being setup for failure. This project will have my name all over it so if it fails then it will be my fault. I want to do well for them, but in my mind this is a really tight spot to be in. I already feel like quitting, and I haven't even been doing this a week. I thought about going back to my supervisor and talking to him. I would like to tell him that this is not going to be a revenue generating program even if it was included in the budget. I was also thinking that I would just flat out tell him that I will not do this, but I do not see that ending well either.
I am trying to figure out if I just need to suck it up and deal with it, and that I am exhibiting a bad attitude? Or should I stick to my principles and see what happens? Anyone been in this position before?
If you're responsible for marketing this one, it's going to be tough.
Maybe you could get creative and reach out to home schoolers?
Is it possible that some schools would allow certain students like gifted & talented to attend the camp?
What about religions that don't celebrate holidays? Jehovah's Witnesses, and maybe others...
My guess is that someone else will pull the plug, but it's not all on you if you didn't say "It's going to happen."