And Only 8 Weeks To Go
In 32 years of consulting – I have never spent this much continuous time on a client project.
I was brought in by the lead contractor to do one thing for 18 months – and ended up doing something different for 20 months.
This all winds down and ends 9/26.
I met the lead consultant on this Toronto gig way back in the day – on November 1, 1982 – the day after I had left Motorola’s Training & Education Center – and joined Ray Svenson at his small, but growing consulting business.
Ray and I flew from Chicago to Houston that day to start a new project with Exxon the next (Module development following my first CAD – Curriculum Architecture Design project for Exxon Exploration with Ray’s firm, that summer – while I was still at MTEC) and we both presented that evening at the local NSPI chapter. A good reason to Share Your Work – Out Loud. Or in written form. Share!
This BTW is project 4 for this lead contractor. The third project being completed way back in 1986. The first was in early 1983 – after that NSPI chapter session.
We – Ken Somers and I – reconnected via LinkedIn in 2007 – and he brought me into the sales effort for this gig back in April of 2012 – and then the project didn’t start until January 2013. He wanted me to train and mange a small cadre of Analysts who would use a group process in a couple of hundred Kaizens – focused on Documentation – SOPs.
Which to me is simply performance-based Written Instruction.
Tasks leading to Outputs – meeting all of the stakeholders’ requirements for both processes and products.
Like anywhere else that is Regulated.
Enough about that.
I know the drive from Toronto’s YYZ airport to the Hilton Garden Inn in Vaughan ON like the back of my hand.
I could almost do THAT drive it in my sleep – and might have, taking the 10:15 pm flight – to maximize home time – arriving most of the time at the 12:15 am scheduled time. But sometimes later. Ugh.
The management and staff at my home away from home deserve a SHOUT OUT!!!
I highly recommend the place.
Tell them Guy Wallace sent you!
My Home Away From Home
After probably 70-72 of these past 80 weeks being their guest – these are a couple of the highlights – certainly not all – of the extraordinary staff services rendered…
- When arriving at breakfast at 8 am – and finding some 30 kids in line in front of me – I waited for only about 4 minutes – while teenagers cut in line to join their BFF – before the wait staff was calling me to my table – as the cooks in the kitch saw me while taking kid’s orders – and knowing my first of two choices for breakfast EVERY MORNING – they put my order in themselves. Yea!
- When I was arriving at 10:15 pm earlier in the project – and got there later than 11 pm several times – when the restaurant closed – I found that they had prepared the snack that I usually ordered – and had it in my room waiting for me – the hungry traveler.
I’ve talked with Domenic, the general manager about his staff many times.
They are mostly long time employees – many going back to day 1 of the hotel’s opening.
And I think – he treats them right.
Thanks Domenic and crew!
I’m gonna miss you guys. Kinda.
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