Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Control Officer

A few lessons that I've learned so far:

  • Never assume someone else is handling things. They are not. 
  • Communicate, a lot. You are the hub through which information flows (or becomes diverted into a useless sidetrack). Keep the information flowing and err on the side of too much communication if you aren't sure.
  • To heck with the rainforest. Print two of everything.
  • Verify, verify, verify. Can the hotel restaurant handle dinner for four? Does the shuttle follow the same schedule as every other day this year? Will people show up for their scheduled meetings? There's only one way to know.
  • Use your resources and accept help from friends, but remember to be generous with the gratitude because it takes a village...
  • Remember how awesome you did (and completely forget about that meeting you accidentally canceled) when EER time rolls around.
So as you can see, I'm learning a lot from my first stint as control officer and frankly I'm enjoying it a lot so far. Maybe it appeals to my obsessive-compulsive side. (I knew there was a use for all that crazy somewhere!) And the flurry of activity is, admittedly, great for my ego. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some important and interesting proof-reading of the schedule to do.(Wouldn't want to accidentally cancel any more meetings.)

1 comment:

  1. The Georgia Forestry Commission encourages you to print emails. The signature on their emails reads -
    Forests. We'd Miss Them If They Were Gone.

    NOTICE:It is O.K. to print this email. The use of paper and other products derived from trees, in addition to providing thousands of Georgia jobs, promotes the planting, health and sustainable management of forests, which in turn leads to more and cleaner water, better air to breathe, abundant wildlife and beautiful landscapes.
    Apparently the reality is that if people stop using paper, then the value of trees decreases, and the land itself becomes more valuable for development than for timber, and the forest becomes a parking lot (at least this is the problem in Georgia). I think companies tell their people not to print because it saves money, not because it is green. But then again, everyone has an agenda.