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February 25, 2003

So, the interview then...

Well, I guess it went pretty well. Got the impression there was a bit of a disparity between the role and the questions they were asking to find out your suitability - I manage project managers, but was asked questions about how I would manage projects, that sort of thing.

Saw one other candidate leaving - she'd be really good too. But with my selfish head on, I've got more pan-BBC experience, and possibly more management experience. But she would be good.

Can't believe I talked non-stop for an hour though. Kept plugging away at what a good manager of people I was - because I really am - but one of the problems with empowering your staff and training them really really well is that you tend not to have that many concrete examples of how you've rescued them from crises. Crises become more tectonic in timescale - you both see them coming, and together steer the ship away from the impending iceberg. (Lovely mixed metaphor, eh?) So it makes it much harder to show your value.

I guess this is the problem with 'front goose in the flight pattern' as opposed to 'command and control' management. It makes it much harder to measure what you yourself do. For all that setting objectives based on abstract measures when I was appraising my fog-project or sausage-machine staff, I didn't get round to doing it myself. A lesson I'll take on.

Anyway, don't hang on for news. There are four of us up for it, and the fourth isn't being seen till next week.

As and when...

Posted by Tom Dolan at February 25, 2003 05:34 PM

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"you both see them coming, and together steer the ship away from the impending iceberg"

i.e. being proactive, and not mearly showing you know how to fight fires i.e. when it's too late

a positive skill, i'd of thought!

Posted by: Simon Thornton at February 25, 2003 07:08 PM

Hush, let me whinge. :-)

Now, what am I going to do about this bloody Eurodesk?

Posted by: Tom at February 25, 2003 07:37 PM

'Front goose in the flight pattern'?

Posted by: Nigel at February 27, 2003 08:50 PM

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