Recently I had a conversation with my supervisor, where I asked about my development. My initial performance when I came to the department a few years ago was not as high as we both would have hoped for and it seemed that I was more or less unwanted by several colleagues. After spending a lot of energy in improving my communication and main work skills, everything got much better, so I wanted to know if he thinks there is a direction in which I need to develop faster.
His response was that "frighteningly", I have developed in all directions and spectacularly fast. He was satisfied but advised me to start specializing in one direction.
What could he mean with "frighteningly"? I asked about it and got no real answer. Could it just have been a figure of speech (he was driving at the time and might have been less concentrated)? Or could he be afraid that I will leave the company if I keep on developing without a similar increase in responsibility? Surely, other colleagues would like to get promoted and it will destroy their morale if the new guy gets promoted within only a few years. The person in my position before me left the company most likely for similar reasons and this would justify such a fear. In this case, I suppose I am stuck at my current position unless I specialize.
Do these seem realistic? Is my manager trying to help me and show me the way up? Or am I just overthinking it?
EDIT: OK, I get it, I am over thinking it :-) But for me, there is a big difference between "you have progressed frighteningly fast" and "frighteningly, you have progressed very fast" which I understand as "I am afraid that you have progressed very fast". The word sequence (and his facial expression) showed that it was NOT meant to emphasize the word "fast". I accept my downvotes for asking an opinion-based question without even giving the exact German expression, but I am aware of the phrase "scarily/frighteningly/terrifyingly fast" and this is not what he said.