April 20th, 2013

Mag Tower

Leveling Up

It has been a while since I posted, and I'm going to blame work. (My justification for doing so is kinda dodgy, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

So you may recall that back in November we had this departmental retreat up in Estes Park. I got to lead one of the breakout groups and came away from it thinking I'd done a reasonable job. Well, apparently I did better than that; apparently, I actually impressed people, because about six or seven weeks ago, the head of our department (my great-grand-boss) asked me to lead a team of ten in drafting a chunk of your next five-year strategic plan. Collapse )

So it wore me out at the end, but it was a good experience and I think we actually produced a very good document, and I'm pretty proud of it.

And then the other thing that has happened is that all of a sudden, people are asking me left and right to give talks and presentations on what I know about data management based on our experiences with my project. Happily, I can just re-use the same talk over and over with a little bit of updating and refinement each time, and I'm perfectly content to talk about this kind of stuff all day long, but I'm not used to people actively soliciting my opinion. I'm not complaining, mind you, but it's new and different and I'm still getting used to it. Apparently I'm some kind of expert in my field now, I guess? Weird.