6 August 2007

8 (not so) Random things about me

Mike Ramm of the blog Stop and Think! tagged me with my first meme; 8 Random Facts About Me. Because it's my first...

I have to post these rules: Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves which others do not know about them. People who are tagged need to write in their own blog and post these rules. At the end of your 8 random facts post, you must select 8 more people and leave a message at their site that they have been tagged.

Despite my day job, I have an ongoing relationship with the legal profession. My first job out of university (B.Bus) was as a law clerk and I began but did not complete a law degree. A few years ago I took leave from my day job for a few months and helped my mother start up a law firm. She and my brother both work there now. I am also currently writing a thesis on how project management is a useful knowledge set for lawyers managing client cases.

My Myers Briggs personality type is: ENTJ. According to the website where I did the test I should be a manager in business or education. “ENTJs have a natural tendency to marshall (sic) and direct.” So I appear to be in the right business. Steve Jobs is an ENTJ. Do the test yourself and see what it says about you. Project teams are all about balancing various strengths so that the team as a whole can do more effective work that individuals. Diversity in teams is good. Of course you need an ENTJ to run things : )

According to Quinn’s Competing Values theory I am a relatively balanced manager/worker, but I secretly think my self assessment is biased and I am really oriented to risk taking. I am currently working at a bank though, so I can’t be that innovative. The Competing Values theory is fascinating to me as it highlights the importance of understanding corporate culture as a key success factor in managing change. I highly recommend reading about it and I will be posting on it in the not to distant future.

I am 90% of the way through the Master and Commander book series. 19th Century naval command bears almost no resemblance to modern corporate project management, but would probably be more effective. Especially with regular cannon practice and the occasional flogging.

Speaking of books, years ago I was reading Dune and thought the descriptions of the mentat though process reminded me of how full my head was getting with the details of a project I was working on.

I began planning and preparing for a dot.com business 12 months ago and I still have not got it up live. Over the course of the year I have outsourced the technical work, but have needed assistance in planning and pulling together suppliers. I have worked with four people, three of whom have dropped out due to other interests. While I am researching and writing these posts I am procrastinating doing work on that project.

By the way, the latest assistant on my cunning plan is Callan Robinson who has also recently opened a new business retailing art at Zimprints which is selling canvas prints by Sydney photographers. If you want to support a budding entrepreneur and a cadre of artists go to his site and buy a print or four.

I find sharing knowledge and enabling people very rewarding. I find delivering clients projects a combination of challenging, frustrating and satisfying. I find corporate culture stifling. As a result I am planning a 6 month break for the corporate world after this current job ends.

As you can see I am often running multiple projects on top of the day job. Sometimes too many. The biggest project I am curently working on is a new (first) baby, due next month.

Memes are an interesting way of introducing your readers to new bloggers, so now I tag the following bloggers, who I admire and recommend to you. And maybe they respond with a post and forward the meme.

1. Fadi at PM Hut
2. Adrian at Modern Analyst
3. Scott at Tyner Blain and Nexus
4. Jonathan at Jonathan Babcock
5. Josh at The PM Student
6. Rajeev at Portrait of a Business Analyst
7. Chris at The Business Ethics Blog
8. Rowan at Fortify your Oasis

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:16 pm

    Hey Craig,

    Great post. Allow me to take the opportunity and say that I am really proud to post your articles on PM Hut.

    Congratulations on the baby!