The Perfect Career

Monster even uses the MBTI Test Its a pretty lame scaled down version though.

Apparently one of these would be my perfect career:

Intellectual property attorney
News analyst
Design engineer
Biomedical researcher
Network integration specialist
Software developer
Freelance writer
Media planner
Chief Financial Officer
Desktop publishing specialist

All the none geeky ones look boring. Also I can’t help but think of Homer Simpson when I see the word “inventor”.

“For the last week its been my life long dream to be an inventor”

The online version of the MBTI test is more fun and pretty spot on.

Hooked on OneNote 2003

I have finally perfected my OneNote setup. When I was first started using the Beta I was also just getting used to the tablet. Therefore I never really took the time to set things up properly. I liked the program (after the technical refresh) but never truly embraced it.

Last week when I installed the final release, I took a very important 30 minutes and reorganized everything by making better use of the concept of folders and sections.

Now OneNote makes all the sense in the world for me. I can keep all my client, project and internal work perfectly organized and easily accessible. Plus the publishing power is excellent and that is very important in a collaborative environment.

Plus I like how you can specify a network location for the backup file. I didn’t realize that until I got everything organized and started to feel paranoid about how I could keep all my info safe.

Dude Where’s My Game?

So I was watching the ballgame last night, top of the 7th, bases loaded, tied game…

Digital cable receiver shuts off. I jump up thinking I accidentally hit remote but find the remote sitting on the table. I pick it up, go to turn on cable box. Nothing. At this point I am thinking, YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.

So I screw around with things a bit and manage to manually get game back on by going directly through TV. Yankees lost. *groan*

After the game, I start messing around with the cable again but to no avail so I just gave up and assumed that it would be working in morning.

It wasn’t working today either so Shane called in this evening to find out that apparently I had cancelled our digital cable bundle yesterday. The funny thing is…I didn’t. The girl said there was a message on our account saying that I cancelled our bundle package because I wanted the sports package. Real weird. Of course she also tried to tell Shane that he was born in a different year than he was too because it said so on our account.

I really pitied the girl because she had to be thinking WE were nuts. I mean I am sure it probably did say whatever she was reading on our account. I guess that someone must have entered information in on the wrong account. Anyhow all is well again now and game 7 is coming on in a couple of hours.

Our Xbox is coming home

October 14, 2003
We have received your Xbox at our service center. It is our priority to process your Xbox in a timely manner and to get it back to you as good as new.

October 15, 2003
Your Xbox Video Game system is ready for return shipment. We will e-mail you again with all of the shipping details once it is on the way!

A half an hour later…..
Your Xbox Video Game system has been shipped! You can expect to receive it in 2-5 days. Thank you for your patience and get ready to get back into the action! Your shipping information is provided below for your reference:

Good communication has an excellent correlation with a customer’s sense of good service. When I originally ran into a problem with the Xbox (about a month ago I guess), I spoke to many different tech reps on the phone, received very little information back and started lose faith in the level of service I was receiving.

Since the tier 2 technical staff contacted us, we received a phone call to tell us they were sending a box for us to ship the Xbox back. Then received another to confirm that it was sent. Received box, packed it up, dropped it off at courier and then received the above 3 email messages to advise us of its receipt, resolution and return.

At no point did we even have time to think; gee I wonder what ever happened to our Xbox. Good Service!

Oh and thanks John for looking into my screenshot comment for me.

I wish…

I wish that gaming sites ( for example) would let your click a next button to browse through screenshots of games rather than close window, click link, close window, click link etc…

A lot of sites don’t do this. I guess there is a reason for this but I can’t see why they don’t.

How Life Has Changed…

When I was a kid…

Ok I am not going to start a story like that but things have changed a lot from when we were kids. When I was growing up, I played on a lot of sports teams. This meant going door to door selling thousands of chocolate bars, raising money for walk-a-thon, wake-a-thons, etc.. I really hated it and growing up in a small town where 1/3 of the population was kids that all went to the same school, demand was often extremely low. In the end, my parents were usually left with the bundle of the investment.

My niece and bestest little buddy, Samantha is selling chocolates for school. When talking to my brother tonight about it, he tells me that she came home from school on Friday and hit everyone on MSN Messenger list. By the time she was done, all her chocolates were sold and she hadn’t left the house.

Not bad really.

What a Game!

Being a long weekend, I have decided to take some time to kick back and catch up on some reading and relaxation time. I also watched “Hockey Night in Canada” for first time this season. Unfortunately the Leafs got womped by the Canadiens but I can?t say I am too upset. The season is still only starting and I am more a Rangers fan anyhow. The good news was a young Newfoundlander scored his first goal in the NHL.

In thinking about it, I have come to realize that an efficient small company is quite similar to a good hockey team.

Consider the company’s sales & marketing teams (centre), business development division (wing), and finance department (wing) as the forwards. While each group has its own unique strengths and responsibilities, they can feed off each other’s plays to produce winning products and great scoring results. A good lead or move by one can really benefit the entire team?s offensive strategy and performance. The forwards are also always watching over their shoulder to make sure there is someone back on the line for defense. Effective spotting of a hole in the defense line, allows for quick communication or a temporary replacement before any damage can be done.

Similar to a hockey team, the sales and marketing divisions may be the most visible on the score sheet but can be easily overwhelmed if left on their own with no support. Sometimes a good feed from one may lead to a fast break and quick goal, but a more dependable offense is more strategic and requires steady input from all players.

The defense team is the operations team in my opinion. These guys are feeding everyone on the team and are the primary source of the stability for the company. The defensive line can step up and deliver some offense occasionally but are primarily there to act as the foundation of defense for the team. By effectively performing their roles in a timely and effective fashion, they defend the team against opposition and become a symbol for dependability and strength that their fans (clients) grow to depend on. Everyone loves a good defensive team. A good defense team improves the confidence level of the forwards to go out and do what they are best at. Score.

The goalie is a representation of the management team. These are the program managers, product managers, technical leads etc? These players are constantly watching the game and monitoring everything that happens. They are ready to block off adversity and transform it into an offensive strategy, kick it off to side, or sometimes when the going gets tough they will stop the play just to give everyone a chance to catch their focus again. While often viewed as the strength of a team, these players are only as good as those around them. A poor skating team with an amazing goalie is still going to be a losing team. A good goalie learns to love and respect his/her team and depends on them tremendously.

As in hockey, the absence of one player may be handled for short amounts of time but places a great deal of strain on remaining players. When a team is shorthanded, they are vulnerable to adversity and can be worn down very easily. For that reason, all team members should do their best to keep themselves on the ice at all times. Sometimes an innocent slip up can really hurt the entire team.

The coaching staff is representative of a company?s executive management team. These are the people who are constantly seeing the big picture and drawing up the plays that optimize the strengths of each line. No matter how good a team is, they need strategic direction. This isn?t always easy to see when viewing the game from the ice and that is why it is important to have an executive team that knows where they are needed most. Absence of a good coaching staff can result in a bunch of players all performing their best but going nowhere since they are not performing with a common goal in mind or do not have a proper roadmap or playbook to get there. A good executive team is aware of the performance of every division and should be able to adjust lines and build plays that will deliver both a solid offense and bulletproof defense.