Wednesday, July 16, 2003


So I've got a new task at work... "lead a technical team to help us be better managed, better organized, and more productive" In case you missed it, that's an astonishingly broad charter. A charter which I've been trying to define very carefully.

Part of doing that, I've gone around the company doing interviews. I've been asking questions like "if people were saying 'wow Andy really nailed the problem on the head' two years from now, how would your job be different?" or "are we as nimble as a small company? why not?" or "what are the biggest obstacles to success at our company?" It's been a fun exercise, but it's also be a little depressing. None of the people I talked to are really happy? In fact I bet there is a strong chance that the majority will not be around in 5 years.

To top it off, I was supposed to meet with my boss, and another SVP to discuss my latest thinking, and they were going to be 15 minutes late, then 30, then 45, then the meeting didn't happen. I understand, but it was just another punch that takes the air out of you.

Tomorrow I shall find the holy grail.

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