Online Edition - May 2000
Issue Highlight - The
---Warren Aiken makes the mistake of scheduling his staff meeting at 1:00, which is not good on any day of the week anymore, much less on Friday.
---I can't remember ever being this bored at work before.
Monday, March 6
---Walking through the Resource Mart I pick up some tools because I am determined to return to a normal work life this year.
---I feel all out of sorts with these happy people.
---I hand in my business card for drawings for a Disney book, a gold chain and several gift certificates. I look for the "Perfect Job" drawing, but to no avail.
Tuesday, March 7
---I am cheered up even more by the Oshkosh presentation. They are warm, funny and proud of their accomplishments. After lunch I pretend that I am a part of their group.
---Listening to Meg Wheatley gives me a different perspective on the world. From this distance, Scientific Atlanta, Boeing, Motorola and even Coke do not seem like machines and I am starting to loose my fear of them. They seem just as confused as I am and I wonder if I should reach out to them.
Thursday, March 9
---The numbers are in. Last month we completed 50 regulators, a lifetime (pardon) record.
---We have met the production goals, but the units may not get shipped in time because the shipping department is overwhelmed by the shipment of furniture and tools to other sites.
Monday, March 13
---I log into a new job.com board and I giggle to read the sponsor's name-Cruel World.
---I clean out my inbox on my desk by tipping everything into my garbage can.
Tuesday, March 14
---Our counterparts in the "Receiving Site" are becoming increasingly more nervous daily, especially their point man, Noah Walsh. He is panicking at the realization that it is way too late and they aren't ready and soon what little help we could provide from here will be gone. The worst of it for him is, of course, that absolutely none of us sympathize with him because, well, he still HAS a job. I confirm his worse fears by agreeing with, "There's no way you can avoid failure at this point, Noah."
Monday, March 20
---I am in early this morning, all alone, so I turn on my old Allman Brothers music, "I ain't wasting time no more..."
---Even the simple things become tough now (just like the song). For example, my e-mail contains a note with alarming language about "missing tools from the production floor."
---I'm not even sure why we're still using e-mail at this point, there are so few of us.
Wednesday, March 22
---As the quantities get smaller, our accuracy decreases. Not a good trend in the mode we're in.
---Half the time I'm battling with the shipping department to get production priority over surplus equipment and the other half I'm battling with the warehouse not to sell or throw away my inventory until I'm through with production.
---Our missing containers had been shipped for excess because they were told to clear out by March so that's what they did, even though they knew we had extended the production contract. Rose explained defensively, "Hey, no one extended my contact. This stuff has got to go."
Friday, March 24
---Mike, my current boss, is so happy that he finally discloses some job details. "I've got two interviews in two days, Elizabeth." He looks relieved and excited. He is wearing a tie and a nice suit.
Tuesday, March 28
---First we got rid of the cats, and then we got rid of the mice and then the rats, now the snakes. I guess we're working our way through the ecosystem.
Wednesday, March 29
---I noticed a new phrase that has taken the place of "ASAP" and "I need this now." The strongest request these days is always followed with, "It would be greatly appreciated."
---I have seen many different exit strategies this year. Some people announce the day, arrange a farewell occasion, clean out their desk, train their back up and say goodbye loudly. The other extreme is Keith Seifert, who simply left quietly, apparently right in the middle of what he was working on. Jill Schrand notices, "Look at his desk. You can't even tell he's gone."
Thursday, March 30
---Funny how mood is woven throughout all of our conversations now, "Well, my energy is real low today, but I'll try," "When I look at the schedule, I can feel my heart breaking," and "I'm so relieved, the world is off my shoulders now." This overt disclosure of feelings is public, part of the way we discuss business.