As of now, I wrapped up my activities of 'Week 1' at my new assignment. This past week has been exhaustive at this new environment, culture and people. I completely attribute this smooth transition a result of prayers and wishes from my loved ones.
Charlotte, my new work site, is a short 35 minute flight, or a 4 hour drive from our place. It's one of those choices which is hard to make - either to drive on I-85 or to fly. I ultimately chose to fly rather than drive, since it makes one lot more productive on Mondays. However, they do not serve any refreshments on board our flights due to it's short nature.
The office is a beautiful one - one of the best I've ever worked at. It has areas named after key cities of the world. My current location is called 'Venice'. Part of my team is in 'Mexico City' and I held my training sessions in the 'Aztec conference room.' There is a courtyard with a fountian just outside of 'Venice' where I hold meetings with my team. Starting December, during the next phase of the project, we will move into 'Mumbai.'
My responsibilities include setting up the project environment, establishing project governance, managing on-shore and off shore team, setting up deadlines, distributing tasks, advising the client, tracking the finances - all those usual tasks. In a nutshell, I am running this entire show and in the end, I am responsible to make this client happy by delivering what was promised.
One of the major tasks this week was to train the client team on Business Intelligence. Without knowing the audience, I was wondering what and how to prepare for this task. I used the same concept I use at Sunday school - start with the basics, and deliver it to my audience in a way they will never forget it in their life, using the KIS (keep it simple) principle. Guess what - it worked!! I've created a good rapport with the team - now the challenge is to maintain it.
As usual, nightlife is something that's back on the cards, and going out to enjoy with the team is part of the consulting culture. Spending long nights talking, enjoying music and good food is something I am doing as well. This time, I am careful not to eat too much but take part in the fun.
While I was there, I missed out my daily workouts regime at the gym. By sheer luck, I found a pamphlet of a gym at one of the canteen tables. This place is right across the street from the Residence Inn Marriott I am staying. I negotiated a deal - $15 per month and no enrollment fee and signed up for the same. Starting next week, I can go workout.
I got back home on Thursday evening and my family did not allow me to spend time with my 'black beauties' that evening. Don't read me wrong - my 'black beauties' are my laptop computers that I carry with me. My family missed me this week; so did our pets. Yesterday was one of those days where I had to document everything and was tired after my trip.
Rolling into the weekend, it seems like an occasion to recharge my batteries. Today, we will go to the wake and we may skip church on Sunday morning and go directly to the Sunday school - since we plan to attend the funeral.