a struggle of wills

February 17, 2015

I have been watching with interest, a tug of war of wills that is playing out at work. A couple of weeks ago two people in our office (both with very strong personalities) had an argument in the office. Our office is open plan and as I work in the Finance team, it’s usually a quiet office – not so this particular day.

One of them came up to me afterwards and asked me whether I heard the exchange. I confirmed that yes unfortunately the whole office had heard it. “Well that was my intention” was the reply. Hardly the best thing to say but hey*shrug*,  each to their own.

The incident took place on a Friday, and it took them until the following Thursday before they next spoke to each other. That is quite a feat considering they sit next to each other. Both have gone separately to my Manager to complain about the attitude of the other but neither will get traction or the “support” they are seeking. They are both adults, working in a professional environment and they need to work out their differences or at least find a way of working together in an amicable manner.

evaluating the options

February 2, 2015

Although I have known about the pending news of my boss’ resignation for a couple of weeks, it has still hit me hard.

I’m her Executive Assistant and have been for the past 2 1/2 years. We’ve worked closely on a multitude of projects and day to day challenges in the office. I know all her passwords, I spend more time in her inbox than she does, I book flights for the kids, manage her diary, update her LinkedIn, get coffee, proofread documents, draft correspondence, and talk to her Chairman. And that’s all before lunch time.

But in less than four weeks it is going to come to a shuddering halt. The powers that be have started thinking about how they will replace her, but in the meantime I have to start thinking about me.

Do I stay and support the “new guy” or do I start the trusty pro’s and con’s list to help me make my decision? Right now, it could go either way. But as one of my Board directors told me today – “just don’t make any hasty decisions”.

USB drive is kaput

September 8, 2012

Certainly not a good way to start a day of study but you can imagine my horror when I plugged my USB drive and it told me “this removable drive is not recognised, do you want to reformat the drive now?”

The answer was a definite NO as it had all my study notes, my research report, my survey analysis, my interview notes, and half a marketing assignment on there. This is the second time it’s happened to me … perhaps because I do not “safely remove hardware & eject media”. I learnt my lesson last time and always back up to my laptop every few days but unfortunately I’d got a bit slack in that department as well. The back up was three weeks old 😦 Three weeks of heavy assessment drafting, hours of internet research, and hours of reading and summarising chapters of my textbook.

So in the middle of my meltdown I was slightly heartened by a techy article telling me that even if a CMD / chkdsk returns a “raw drive” result, the files would still be there somewhere. Eventually I found a brilliant piece of software called ZAR (Zero Assumptions Recovery) which purportedly retrieves as many files as it possibly can. The demo version did not unlock the files I really needed but $60 was a small price to have the essential ones retrieved. The relief was an understatement … try [a couple of expletives] + relief so I will definitely be buyng a lotto ticket this week!

http://www.z-a-recovery.com/ Thanks ZAR I highly recommend you 🙂