Senior Network Administrator, Project Manager for software dev, Manager with executive-level responsibility
I keep secrets. It's probably the most important part of my job. I often have knowledge of events and situations, many of which I cannot act upon, long before it reaches others. I often must later feign ignorance or surprise when queried.
More than once I have been a key individual responsible for successful outsourcing of projects (read: jobs) to other countries; primarily India. I am not a big fan of travelling, but my time spent in India turned out to be rewarding. It allowed me to become more worldly. Taught me that not everything has an explanation, not everything has a reason, and not everyone is going to be as meticulous as I continually strive to be. Culture shock is an apt description of my initial experience. From this my employer was able to draw a best practices routine and standard operating procedures for further project outsourcing. For these and other contributions, I have been publicly and privately recognized by the employer for which I was doing the migration.
I take great pride in my work, and I hold myself accountable for results. I often perform a check-and-balance against myself to be certain that every action is in line with the objectives, best interests and needs of my employer.
I always study and learn new things. I have (on multiple occasions) been warned that I am over-qualified for certain tasks and projects. In every case where I was successful in counseling my employer to allow me to take the project, the results have been applauded. Sometimes the employer denies me, but will usually assign me more delicate or important objectives. It should not come as a surprise that some of the most difficult learning situations involve physical combat: that is to say, martial arts. I have and continue to study martial arts under a wildly skilled instructor who is able to guide me, yet can tolerate my idiosyncrasies regarding my need for repetition, repetition, repetition and more repetition (spiced with a touch of encouragement) to develop the muscle memory that is my most effective martial learning method.
I jump for joy when dealing with Science in (nearly) every discipline.
I used to cringe at doing Mathematics. Ironically enough, if I can convince myself that a math project is actually a science project, I overcome the numerical hurdles with ease.
I accuse the education methods used to teach me in public schools for this. At the time of this writing, I've taken it upon myself to re-educate. I have been studying and learning what is often referred to as 'The Singapore Method' of Mathematics. While it's difficult to 'teach an old dog new tricks', I am learning to love math in the same way I love science. It's getting easier.
I manage others and have no problems being managed, even under a manager that seems incompetent or with having little experience. I support the objectives of the company, and as long as the orders of the manager are in-line with the objectives, I follow and support it relentlessly. When they are not, the manager gets questions. I reverse-engineer their logic and make recommendations for the pieces I perceive as out of line in an effort to bring them back to the overall company objectives. What if they order me to do this without question? I would counter that my responsibility to my employer is to ask questions when things do not make sense. But I can follow orders blindly when needed. In my experience, this has been very rare.
I have started new businesses on behalf of entrepreneurs, business tycoons and unskilled-but-hopeful individuals. I have successfully passed these established companies on to new managers, new owners or the families and owners of those vested. I make it a point to remain outside these organizations now as much as is reasonably possible. I have paved the way for it to be ran by others. In this I tend to end up being a councilor, consultant or an as-needed adviser. It is not unreasonable to think that a start-up company does not have the capital necessary to pay me a continuous salaried wage. This affords me the benefit of not being tied down by the visions of others and allows me to remain in the employ of another, more stable employer. This I may do, but only as long as it does not threaten the income and quality of my services to my employer. In the event of finding myself in the employ of a company that prohibits me from doing this kind of side-work, I would honor the request.
I harbor a great dislike for Union work. In the past, Unions were necessary to protect the workers. Nowadays they just keep people in jobs who should be terminated. They burden employers with demands, threats of unifying their very people against them in both a political and literal sense. They fleece the employees for fees, capitalize by sharing of Union duties and workloads. During a time of recession, these organizations oppress both employer and employee. However, I do acknowledge in some situations, in some organizations and in some businesses these are still, and will continue to be necessary for the employer/employee relationship to be remain stable. These cases, albeit rare, I do acknowledge and applaud the work, coordination and continued harmony of both Union employees and their employer(s).
If you are here reading this, than I can expect you to be classifiable into a small list of categories. Some of which may include:
a corporate or technical recruiter, (I may playfully refer to you as "a headhunter".)
A co-worker (former or current) interested in keeping in touch
A person trying to find information about me
In the case of the last entry, you may be here to prepare for an attempt to socially engineer, elicit a response (trolling), or are pursuing darker ambitions. If this is the case, be advised that I am aware that I write this intentionally in a public place. These are all simple facts mingled with a few of my opinions. I encourage you to seek an easier target. Otherwise, I hope you've found this read to be insightful.
Types 130+ wpm, Comptia A+, Network+ and Security + Certified. CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) endorsement from EC Council. Long-time Helpdesk experience for both remote and onsite service. Masters degree in Computer Sciences.