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Business Meetings March 26, 2009

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I hate meetings.  Generally they take about seven times longer than they should and even then, it doesn’t seem like anything gets accomplished.  Today Seth Godin posted about meetings and the rules.  It’s rare, but today I agree with him 100%.

It seems like it would be so easy to make meetings more efficient uses of time and it’s so easy to talk about making them more efficient but it never seems to actually happen.  Really it comes down to trying to efficiently talk about how you’re going to efficiently talk about what you are going to do.  I still stand by this: stop talking about what you are going to do and do it.  If people spent half the time doing the work that they spend talking about doing the work, the workplace would be so much more productive and those that have to do work would be much happier as they wouldn’t be stretched all the time between talking and doing.

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The End of Another Week and an Onslaught of Random Thoughts March 13, 2009

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As the week comes to the end, I’m finally finishing up a research report that I feel like I’ve been writing forever and I am so frustrated with it in so many ways.  First that it is 11:37p.m. on a Friday night and I am still not quite finished (almost though – so close and I can finally say that after a crazy week).  I’ll have to do the final revision tomorrow because I’m definitely not making any sense anymore tonight and definitely not going to catch the awkward rambling that my writing tends to turn into when I am exhausted.  The second is that I am sick and tired of people thinking that 15 is some magic  number.  It is not.  It serves its purpose for very few things actually and I hate that there are declarations made about the way a company should make decisions based on 15 randomly chosen people – and actually to be honest, if they were actually randomly chosen, I would feel better about it but companies seem to give us people to speak to that they know will say nice things about them.  That does not do anyone any good!

Next on the list.  It is now 11:40 and I am babysitting.  It kind of stresses me out.  It wouldn’t be so bad if I could take a little nap.  Both of the kids were asleep when I got here so I haven’t been doing much besides writing and more writing along with catching up on this week’s American Idol.  But, every hour on the hour, I have to test one of the kids blood sugar.  He’s extremely high….I’ve given him bolus corrections three times this evening and I keep feeling like I’m drifting off then catching myself in a panic because I don’t want to miss a test and have him go into some state of diabetic emergency because I fell asleep. (this is the major cause of my exhaustion and delusion)

11:43.  American Idol.  I’m a little disappointed that Jorge went home.  I liked him.  Though I’m not sure who I would have sent home in his place this evening either.  Jasmine didn’t surprise me.  Maybe I would have sent Megan along with her.  Probably.  But that’s what happens when I don’t vote.  I am a strong advocate for important voting but this doesn’t qualify.  But I should still live up to my rule – if you don’t vote, don’t complain.

Onto some positive things at 11:45.  Next week is going to be exciting.  I have been waiting months for the final presentation for the program concepts we tested in January.  I’ve been working on this project since either September or October – I can’t even remember which and it is finally closing.  I’m excited but sad at the same time because it was definitely a lot more fun than I thought it would ever be.

I have decided that I really want a puppy.  I like them.  They are cute.  They are soft.  I should have one.  I will name her Bacon.  She will like her name and love me.  While I’m at it, I’ll get my kitten named Eggs at the same time.  He will like his name and love me, too. (mom, I am perfectly well aware that I shouldn’t get an animal but that doesn’t stop me from wanting one.)

And finally, at 11:48, I am sure you have read enough of my ramblings (similar to my final research report) that I will bring this to an end.  Have a good night….

Pittsburgh January 13, 2009

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img_1115The whirlwind trip has begun.  I’m in Pittsburgh today.  There is something about a city that I really like.  I think it might just be that I like wandering aimlessly and always have something to look at.  There are so many things to do, places to eat, and things to see.

We are staying in Station Square and I’ve been watching trains from my room.  I really love trains.  I can’t quite figure out that obsession either but if I could use a train as my sole method of transportation for the rest of my life, I would be pretty content.  I went for a walk along the river and the train tracks this morning and despite the frigid, humid, bone-chilling cold, it was quite nice.

Otherwise, not a lot to say today.  Just enjoying a day away from the office and trying to get some work finished this week.  We have our first focus group tonight.  This project so far has run so smoothly, it is unbelievable (knock on wood) and I am just waiting for something to go wrong.  I’m hoping it will continue to go well because this is by far the biggest research project I have ever done and I’ve put a lot of work into it and am pretty close to this one.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  3 more days and it will all be over….well at least until phase 2 starts….

What Would You Do If You Had An Entire Year Off Work? October 1, 2008

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I would read and travel and then write about each of those things.  I find myself wondering if I would get bored like so many people say I would.  I don’t think I would because I think there are enough places I want to see and enough books I want to read that I could fill far more than a year’s time.  It would also give me time to start working on my own books.  Plenty to do.  Now the trick is figuring out how to do it.

Religion in the Office July 29, 2008

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It could be said that you should never talk money, politics, and religion.  Those boundaries are often crossed but, religion in the workplace might be the worst for me.

I am in a workplace dominated by a religion that I am not a member of.  I can handle that most of the time.  But on certain days, it is incredibly overwhelming.  Today, it seemed as though the only acceptable topic to speak of was Mormon missions.

I’m fine with people talking about their missions and comparing notes.  However, I wish that people would be a little bit more considerate of the others around them.