Sunday, 24 August 2014

Are you a Slash?

I was discussing with my friends who still work at Ticketek the concept of being a Slash. It's a term I've made up. I don't think it's been coined but I wouldn't be surprised if others have used it before.
I'm used to being able to do most things and happy to roll up my sleeves and get stuck into just about any task. When working at Ticketek it was very much a all hands on deck type of place and even if you changed roles you still helped out where you could on your old role. Hence the slash. You were never really one thing. 



I was the project manager slash business analyst slash product manager slash tech lead slash business manager slash customer services manager slash account manager slash quality manager. They weren't titles just roles played. We all have it in us and these days seeing all these new careerists through 99interns I feel a startup or any smallish company is a great way to learn the ins and outs of multiple roles... Even if it's to trial and you don't want to become a Slash!

The interesting thing is that in my earlier days I didn't even know what I did. I liked tech but I was never a real tech. But I liked to Get Shit Done. Having worked in an Operations role at IBM as a grad I remember asking what an Operations person did... It wasn't an option in the career manuals I had seen!  When moving to Accenture (it was just Andersen Consulting back then!) I worked my way up from Analyst to Consultant very quickly but when moving from there didn't know what 'job' to go for.  The job I ended up having as a label was "Project Manager".  Strange to think that my own definition is what I ended up being.  I could have easily have been a Business Analyst but that would have been a totally different path... 

I wonder if these days there are more and more 'slashes' out there.  Definitely in startup land there are!

No more ice buckets!

I live under a rock.  I know this.  I have so much going on that I can't really pay enough attention to the world around me and the 'news' that is happening.  But I do listen to podcasts and see feeds in social media networks I use for my startups' needs.  And I can't even miss the ALS ice bucket challenge information.



I'm glad there is some awareness of ALS.  I still don't know that much about it but I know there has been a fair amount of money ($44MM that I know about at the time of writing - although that's based on the last headline I saw and not at all researched!) raised.

What I don't like is that it's a 'forced' or bullied way of getting people to donate!  The peer pressure.  Why can't they choose the charity for the person they challenge?  It's a great way to get people to donate to good causes, but there are so many good causes that require funds and I think some sharing of funds would be great.

I'm just over the ice bucket challenge news and I don't even get that much.

Back under the rock I crawl so I can continue working on the latest startup (New Home Review) along with the others... and of course the new house which to me is more recreation than anything else.  Although so are my startups ;)