Jan 29 2004
First of all, news on George: The Man told me today that the closing date is tentatively set for Tuesday. But we still don’t know if we’re approved for the loan. We should find out about that today. This means, unless there is a delay, that we’ll be closing the day before The Man flies out to Denver. So, I probably won’t be taking next week off work. Maybe the week after. Depends on if we get immediate possession of the house or if the sellers want a few days to get the rest of their stuff out. There wasn’t much left the last time we were there. Don’t know how much is left now.
It’s kind of ironic that I’m going to be taking time off work just when I got a whole lot of it (work that is) placed squarely on my shoulders. Yesterday I had a meeting with Stylin, who has finally decided how he’s going to have our team organized this year. I’m getting responsibility for all the Voice stuff. Which is good – that’s what I wanted. I’m tired of doing data and I want to learn something new. But now each of us (me, Zuchiboy, Rock Star, and the other trainer who doesn’t have a name yet) have a bunch of things that we have to do for our various products to meet our goals for 1st and 2nd quarter. The biggest (and first) things we all have to do is get our classes for our various products squared away. What does that mean? It means: the book, assessments, and handouts have to be done. The associated PowerPoints have to be done. Lesson plans for each module have to be completed in such a way that someone could look at it and sub in for us if necessary (doing an adequate job). This doesn’t sound like a big deal, because we each have a workable book, workable assessments, and workable handouts. But none of us have workable lesson plans. I did two lesson plans today. Each one took me an hour. I’ll need to do about 12 or so more. Some of them will take me much longer than an hour. The only reason that these ones went so quickly is that there were already Powerpoint slides to go with the module (always a bonus – makes the plan easier to break down) and I took copious notes when I sat in on Rock Star’s last voice class. The plans for the systems will be much trickier.
Once that is done, the other work begins. I don’t even remember all of the things that are on my goal list for Q1 and Q2. One thing that keeps popping out at me is that I have to do a regular newsletter for my group (my group being the agents who take Voice calls). The other one that sticks out at me is that 1/3 of the class has to be automated by June 30. That one I expressed some concern with to Stylin, because A) 1/3 of the class is a huge chunk to automate and B) Most of the stuff we teach is already kind of boring. . . how much more boring is it going to be when we automate it? But, I told him I was willing to try it out, I thought it would be interesting, and if it doesn’t work, then who cares, at least we tried. But I still have my reservations about the whole thing. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have reservations.
Oh, one other random piece of work news that made me giggle: my business cards arrived yesterday. I have a grown-up job!
Blah, blah, blah, workcakes. I’m done talking about work. For today.
Had my law class again last night and it was still interesting. This week we covered – at a very high level – what the process is for filing and resolving a civil suit, as well as alternatives to litigation. Next week we get to talk about criminal litigation! I’m all trembly with excitement! I’m supposed to read the Constitution before we meet again. I wonder how many times in my life I’ve been assigned the constitution as required reading? Seems like at least five or six. And I still don’t know what half of it means. I’m a bad little American citizen. At least I’m not alone in that, hey?
According to my desk calendar, on this day in 1982, Steve Callahan set sail for the Carribean. In a tragic twist of fate, his boat sank and instead of reaching the Carribean, he ended up writing a book about fishing. Or something like that.
It appears that I’ve run out of things to say. That means the entry is over.