Beardy types, in a training course.

I was at a Microsoft training course today, and all the beardy types were there too.

You know, the “we want everything for free” types. They can be found working for the government and schools.

Microsoft are on a hiding to nothing here. The Beardy types have no money, they’re just along for the free food.

Just like seagulls, “Food! Food! Free! Free!”

The trainer asked me, “What are you doing amongst this bunch”?

I had to wonder myself…

Better to have and ….
not need, than need and not have. Was something I learnt some time ago when I first started managing a shift team. Now, in the case of the shift team, the thing you need to have is knowledge. How to do things when “something” goes wrong.

Fire alarms were a prefect example in our building. The alarms were wired to power off the whole two computing floors, in 2 minutes of sounding.

The fire alarm procedure went something like this:

  1. ENSURE you have your security pass.
  2. RUN out of the computer room, down the corridor to the fire panel.
  3. READ the panel to see what tripped the alarm.
  4. ISOLATE the panel power shutdown function. By now, the 2IC will have caught up.
  5. TELL 2IC what alarm tripped. Have 2IC investigate alarm if on current floor.
  6. RUN down stairs to next level. REPEAT same process, without 2IC.
  7. AWAIT Fire Brigade.

My only alarm in 4 years, occurred at 3:15am on a Thursday morning. I was having a sleep under the desk, we did that in those days. I did the whole process in 25 seconds. A record at the time. The team said they never saw me move so fast.

It’s not just me, a number of occupations devote significant time and expense to ensure staff know what to do when it all goes pear-shaped.
(ie. pilots, train drivers & steel mill workers).

“If you want to find out about a person, look at how he treats his servants”

Not sure where I originally saw this, but a google search shows something about “”The Defender of the Moon Princess!””. Never heard of it, I always thought it was an old English saying.

I firmly believe you treat others how you’d like to be treated. If for no other selfish reason then you’ll don’t know where you and they will be in 5 years 🙂

Ernie Halter used to have some sage advice on starting out in the music industry. The first couple of points were:
1. Nobody Wants To Work With The A-hole.
2. Stay Connected
3. Be Reliable

Point 1 is a good point to remember.

And by the way, no I’m not part of the music industry. No talent here…

I’m not very talented at anything really apart from IT.

A year ago today, taken very near to where I work, it’s whats known as a Z3 Class tram. I very nearly became a Tram Conductor back in 1987, but I declined the job offer.

I wonder where I would be now if I had said yes?

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