After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going. This is the fifty first letter I wrote. Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.
09/13/02 – A quiet week at Dell
Dear friends from the “Shangri-La” of Noble and Pawnee Counties,
I understand that today is the last day for Brent Kautzman and Chris Cornish. I also found out after I sent my letter earlier this week, that Jody Gaddy is also gone. — Well, I’m glad that Sooner is finally getting rid of all the “Old” folks!!!!! I thought those “Old” guys would never leave!!!! — Oh. Wait a minute. I was looking at my Excel Spreadsheet of Sooner Employees sorted by their ages “UPSIDE-DOWN”. Those are the “Young” ones that are leaving!!!! Oops.
I was graced this week by the presence of Ron Madron and Rich Litzer, who came down to visit. While they were here visiting me, they also took the opportunity to attend some class that allowed them to collect mileage for coming down to see me. We went out to eat at a “Texas” steakhouse.
It was good to see someone from “the ol’ stompin’ ground”. They were both doing well, and glad to be far away from where the coal dust wisps up from the coal pile sending huge dust-devils (coal-devils) sailing between the smoke stacks.
I have spent the week working on my project. — I was also told yesterday that I get to work on another project starting next week. That should be fun. — This week has been rather — Shall I say? —— “quiet”.
There were no “all-hands” meetings. No “team-builders”. No Steven the Dell Dude running around acting goofy. — There was just “work”. What are we supposed to do? I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. — It was fun.
I was able to sit at the computer all week and type away and test my database stuff, and no one came by and took me away to some “resort” to build my confidence, or push me off of a barge in the middle of the lake to see if my teammates would rescue me. (It’s called “push the old guy in the lake and see if anyone cares” — It’s supposed to have great team-building potential).
I’m sure you guys understand these kind of weeks. It’s when you are on Hots, and nothing breaks down all week so you can sit at the computer writing Task Lists all week without anyone calling you on the radio saying, “Keeeevinnnn, (or “fill in your name”), Guess what just broke doooowwwwnnnnn? That’s right. Could you please go take a look at it? Since you aren’t doiong anything, and everyone else is all tied up.
So you actually get focused and get a lot of work done because no one keeps taking you away from your job. — Well that’s been the kind of week I have had.
— Except for during our Staff meeting when we sang “Happy Birthday to some people on our team that had birthdays, and ate cake.” — Oh yes, and we discussed how we will now have a new process at work.
We haven’t decided on the date, but it’s going to be something like every 3rd Friday of the month, our team will be “required” to go to a “Happy Hour” at a place called “Fast Eddie’s”, or some other place of our choosing, to team build from 4:00 to 5:00. They haven’t decided yet if we need to do this every 2 weeks, or just once a month.
The thought is that since our team is kind of spread out. (I’m off in another building usually, and some of our team is upstairs from the rest of the team), that we need to get together to “team-build” in a “big way” regularly. — So, Oh boy. Just when you thought your Friday afternoons were going to be slow…… Now I have something to do after I fill out my Weekly Status Report, at least once a month.
I may have to schedule my “Letters” to you guys at a different time during the week if this is going to interfere with my “Networking” effort with you guys. — That’s what I call writing these e-mails to you guys.
It’s called Networking. — It’s practically a requirement down here. — Keeping in touch with all your old contacts. — You never know when they might come in handy. — For instance. Here I am sitting and staring at the computer screen, and I have a total “programmer’s block” (this is similar to a “Writer’s Block”). So —- What do I do? I open up a new e-mail, and I start to write to you guys, and before you know it, I come up with all sorts of things to program.
Just like I come up with all sorts of things to “ramble” to you guys about. It’s very handy to be able to “Network”. — When my manager comes by and asks me why I’m typing such a long e-mail, I just tell her that I’m Networking. — It works every time. — Not only that, but it looks good on my performance appraisal.
You guys may want to try it. When you have little to do, or you seem to be having trouble getting motivated…… Try “networking”. You just start writing a letter to me, and tell me all sorts of random things about your day, and before you know it, you will become motivated to go do your job. — As a matter of fact. I just became motivated to go home for the weekend —- See how good this works.
Until Next time, Stay Safe. We are saying prayers for Ronnie Le Force down here. I hope all is going well with him.
Talk to you later (L8R),
Kevin James Anthony Breazile
Kevin J. Breazile
CIA: Customer Experience, Integrated Services Model, and Ariba
—When the Mission seems Impossible, call the CIA!–
Dell Computer Corporation