Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Welcome To Basic Analyst Training!

That's the chipper message on a sheet of flip-chart paper, which lies on the floor just outside the door of a meeting room in my hotel in Addison, Texas (aka, Dallas). Blue ink with big, fat, curvy letters.

You see things like this quite often on the road. Many chipper greetings on many pieces of flip-chart paper for many trainings in many meeting rooms in many hotels, all written and facilitated by many chipper trainers, who are typically, but not always, attractive women and men in their mid-30s, who had they made some slightly different choice at an earlier fork in their path, might have made their way to the local evening news.

It's an entire sub-culture of American business to which lots of people have never been exposed as an observer, although many have been exposed as a participant. As an observer, it's a bit odd ... so chipper for a Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. ... and as a participant, well, the experiences vary:
Rowan: "Gareth, quick trust exercise, ultimate fantasy?"

Gareth: "Hmm?"

David: "We’re just doing the ultimate fantasy, we’re all doing it"

Gareth: "Two lesbians probably, sisters. I’m just watching"

Rowan: "OK. Erm. Tim? Do you have one?"

Tim: "I’d never thought I’d say this, but can I hear more from Gareth please?"
Now, your morning reads:
  • Looks like we're getting an Intel Czar for Christmas. Question is, who? Here's a dark horse candidate: John Danforth. Anyone else ... anyone? Bueller?

  • Speaking of Ferris ... I kind of like the idea of a Ferris Tour at auction, don't you?

  • More sleep = Less fat? Seems a good eight hours sleep produces significant decreases in the hormone that makes you feel hungry and significant increases in the hormone that makes you feel full. Of course, you still have to burn off those calories you don't burn during those three extra waking hours, but interesting research nonetheless. By-the-by, I continue walking around with my pedometer trying to hit the recommended 10,000 steps a day. Busted my ass walking around Sunday, including 30 minutes at the gym, and still only hit 9,750 steps. Lot of steps, 10,000 ... no wonder we're obese in this country.

  • 11 Tips for Using Flip Charts More Effectively. Who knew? One of the advantages of using flip charts? "Flip charts do not need electricity." There you go! Learn something new every day ...

  • The Next Blog: I Should Have An Abstract. Take your time with that first paragraph ...

  • Bill Clinton, Technologist. His running-mate invented the Internet, so it's only fitting that Bubba would be helping to promote a new Internet search company--Accoona, Chinese owned (remember all the Peking Duck delivered to the Lincoln Bedroom back in the 90's?)--which professes to produce better results than Google. Sure, but Chinese censorship of web access kinda' puts a damper on the overall effect in China, don't you think? (Is China filtering your URL? Find out here ...)
Great day to you ...


At 4:19 PM, Blogger Charley Foster said...

That's funny. It reminds me of a mandatory company-wide sexual harrassment seminar put together after a female employee discovered the facilities guys had pin-ups on the inside of their locker doors in their basement breakroom. So the chirpy male-female facilitator team were telling us, you know, not to hang center folds on the wall at work and stuff. The thing is, we worked at an art museum and all up and down the hallway right ouside the auditorium were giant classical paintings of naked people.

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Everett said...

Classic. I can hear it now: OK, folks ... who can tell me why porn at work is bad. Bruce? ... Thanks, Bruce. Now, who can tell me porn when they see it? Justice Stewart?

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