As a note, I like my boss, alot. We talk often. He tells you what he needs and he expects it done. No over the shoulder watching or micro-managing. Just do your job.
That said, He came into my office last week sharing what began as good news. Seems I was nominated for the annual innovation award(That I wasnt aware existed)for a piece of field equipment I developed last year. I was kinda surprised because while it worked out on site very well I thought it was a one and done project.
I was excited for a minute as he said JH was really pushing for me. Thats really nice I thought. Then he said I was the only one nominated this year. OH?? Hmmmm. I'm feeling pretty good about my chances now.
Then....He tells me the board is considering not awarding it this year. Seems it's normally awarded to engineers and Phd's and the like for more advanced developements.
Not sure how to take that. While I was tickled how well the thing worked, I didnt think it was a big deal to start with so I really shouldnt be disappointed now. The boss said he told me because he thought it was important and he was putting it in my file. While I appreciate the sentiment I wonder if I really wanted to know that I may lose to nobody.