Saturday, January 19, 2008

And we're off!

Why another blog? Frankly, it was getting confusing to put work and personal content on the same site. So this blog is dedicated to explorations of Human Capital Management, the practice of Product Strategy, and ongoing developments in the wonderful world of Software Applications. As such, as small disclaimer is needed - see the bottom of the page.

My intent is to publish once a week. Of course I reserve the right to completely ignore that intent during conferences, travel, or chaotic times at work, not that we have any of those around here.

Since Meg tagged me in the most recent round of Oracle blog tag, I thought I'd start this off with 8 things to know about me (cross listed to Scarlet's Letters, so I only have to do this once!).

  1. I'm horribly embarrassed to admit that I can't remember the name of the person who introduced me to HR as a practice. I know he was an important person at Syntex, and he was kind enough to extend an informational interview from 30 minutes to 2 hours when he realized that I was genuinely interested in his work. So Mr Whoever You Are, thank you for putting me on the right path.

  2. I used to teach HR certification classes. These are the courses to help prepare HR professionals for their credential as a PHR or SPHR. I stopped teaching during the PSFT/Oracle integration, but hope to get back to it someday. I think it's important that HR be recognized as a specific profession - not something people fall into.

  3. I'm deathly allergic to pine nuts. As in, get me to the hospital for an adrenalin shot STAT! So, no pesto for me. Not now, not ever.

  4. I grew up in a small town in Colorado. There were 125 people in my graduating class, 100+ of whom had been together in Kindergarten.

  5. I was a long-term member of 4-H while growing up. I learned to sew, knit, crochet, tat, cross-stitch and quilt. I'm still always have a handwork project going on - can't just sit and watch tv.

  6. In college, I taught public speaking. To grad students. In the Engineering and Business schools. And got paid for it. Best. Job. Ever!

  7. I'm a singer. In high school I participated in a number of choir festivals. In college I was part of Counterpoint, an all female a capella group. And for the last 5 years I've performed with the Santa Clara Chorale.

  8. My life revolves around my family. My husband works from home, which is what enables me to do all the crazy work things I do. Our 2 kids (ages 8 and 11) are into soccer, baseball, band and dance. As a result I'm the queen of multi-tasking and working from random places. I did make a resolution last year to stop reading email during baseball games, as my responses rarely make sense, but we'll see what happens when the next season starts.

So, there's an introduction, and there will be more content to come over the next few weeks.