My Attitude

There’s been a big training program at work about communication from The Brief Lab.

They started by developing training programs for US Special Forces.  The Special Forces are selected from all branches of the military.  The best of the best.  But they still have issues with communication.

We’ve got training and incentives.  A book.  I read it during vacation.

Totally hooked me.  The gist: Say what you mean, ask for what you need, right up front.  Don’t waste time.

But now, it is causing problems.  I learned.

It affected my attitude.  Now I can’t tolerate beating around the bush.  Or internal meetings that are nothing more than navel gazing.

I came back from vacation a brand new man.  I’m probably so fired, already, I just don’t know it.

Like Kurtz said: “seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it directly, quickly, awake, looking at it.”

My Last Nortel Project

I like to plan things out, and then execute the plan to see if my estimates were correct.  That’s how I became a project manager.  As the infrastructure PM, I was responsible for defining requirements and developing plans for integrating Voice, WAN, LAN, Server, Desktop infrastructure, and Help Desk for the GENBAND purchase of the Nortel CVAS business.

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This was the plan to get to “Day 1” which was very important because it had financial penalties for missing deliverables.   My Nortel days are over, but I’m proud my last project was successful and was run like a PMP should.  One day, I will write the exam, just to get that monkey off my back, but it doesn’t interest me for now – I’m already good at it.  I’m focused on improving my entrepreneurial skills and implementing the business infrastructure needed to implement my ideas.