Friday, March 23, 2007
Just came back from a short outing to the second largest city in Japan, Osaka. After a number of minor incidents including getting scolded by a cab driver because the hotel we chose to stay at had taken a name that he found deceptive of the location it actually was in. I promised to tell his complaints to the hotel staff but in the end I chickened out and didn't...
The main objective of this outing was the Universal Studios Japan amusement park. After visits to Disneyland, Disney Sea and Hello Kitty Puro Land I was curious how this would hold up to the rest of 'em. It wasn't bad at all even if Disneyland is kinda in a class of it's own. The park had reasonable space to move about in and the rides were mostly entertaining enough for me to recommend anyone in the area to possibly check it out.
But what struck me the most was how basically all of the rides seemed to be built on the principle that water is sprayed at you at one point or another. Ok, there were a couple of rides that let you stay somewhat dry throughout the ride, but most of 'em managed to in someway fit in liberal sprayings of water on you. This to the extent that I almost think that "Waterworld" might be a better name for the place than "Universal Studios Japan", granted they had a show based on the underestimated Kevin Costner movie from way back in the place, but still. Ok, the movie wasn't that great and it had Kevin Costner in it, but it's still not as bad as it's been portrayed. It's basically a copy of Mad Max on water and we all know and agree that Mad Max: The Road Warrior is a classic movie, I mean, it even has one of those rare, but always great male rape scenes in it. But alas, I digress...
You take the Jurassic Park ride and, no surprise, a dinosaur pops up and sprays water in your face, you take the Spiderman ride and Hydroman sprays water in your face, in the Shrek 4-D adventure they spray water in your face all the time. Someone in the development team at Universal apparently must have thought that water spraying is the greatest thing ever and kinda ran with it...
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
That our management (read: El Presidente) is committed to this and is willing and able to lead this change makes it much easier to do this difficult transition and I have realized that there are things that I need to learn to about working in a coporate environment.
Let me give an example on how El Presidente leads by example. Since we are a small and the staff is relatively young this becomes even more important. The younger people need to learn how management interaction works. Scenario is as follows:
Junior staff is asked directly by El Presidente to arrange some minor thing, say conduct some minor background research for a pitch to a potential client. He/She runs into some minor problems that he/she needs advise on how to solve to meet the demands of El Presidente. The junior staff sends out an e-mail laying out the questions and suggests a time that they could briefly talk and any issues can be resolved. The mail is not extremely short, but concise considering the issues in question.
The reply from El Presidente comes quickly (very important in a coporate setting) and is very concise, consisting of one word:
"WHATEVER" - please note capital letters.
End result, junior staff becomes sad and a little scared. Issues are still not resolved. However, the junior staff has learned a valuable lesson in how things work in a mature coporate setting. The formal name is, if I'm not mistaken, called "Whatever management". This word also is used verbally often by El Presidente, sometimes followed by a "I don't care".
You might for obvious reasons feel interested and want to try this method yourself, but please use caution since there are situation where this is not the recommended method. Just saying or replying to e-mails with "Whatever" might be tempting and could actually be useful from time to time, but there are specific conditions that need to be met to handle this the best possible way:
1. You must delegate some work to someone in a junior position compared to yourself
2. You must set tight deadlines for this task
3. Task must be vague enough that questions must arise for said junior staff
4. Question comes; now is the time to use that "Whatever" for maximal effect.
Doing this towards people in a senior position is not advised.
Exciting times of change now. My current project team consisting of Luke and The Boy have quickly adsorbed this style and it has been proven very useful. You're never too old to learn something new!
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Un-intentional Amusement Level (1-10): 10
Un-intentional Amusement Level (1-10): 1
Un-intentional Amusement Level (1-10): 9