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Saturday, June 24th, 2017 11:24 am
*taps mic* is this thing still on?

Two things
  1. I'm gonna need to vent for a few days (weeks?) until I stop having all these feelings
  2. This was SO MUCH LESS HORRIBLE because I had support and advice and information so I am paying it forward.
In brief: I went to a tech conference, I got a call in my hotel room on my hotel phone at 11pm from a man with an American accent who said he’d been watching me, it looked like I was having fun in my hotel room, and how about he join me in my hotel room. I declined and hung up. My chat group validated my initial horrified reaction and supported me through calling hotel security, getting my room changed, and his eventual discovery and expulsion from the hotel.

On stalking: It is never OK to do this kind of thing, it is not funny, it is not sexy. It made me feel unsafe. It meant the next day, until he was gone, that I second-guessed every interaction at that conference (of which men were probably 90% of the attendees) and wasted a lot of energy managing anxiety when I could have been benefiting from that very expensive conference ticket. I’m probably going to be having feelings about this for a long time.

On social networks: I was too busy being half awake and alarmed to have an effective response when this happened. It took time to process, it was my social network who prompted me through calling security and requesting the room change, I asked for my conference ID badge to be redacted on my own, but it took a few hours before I was thinking strategically and not just feeling overwhelmed. They validated my feelings, made me feel like it was OK to ask for what I needed, and meant I never felt alone.

THANK YOU.

Treasure the good people you meet in your life, nurture those relationships and share your strength when you can.

On scripts: Being prepared, having a response, knowing what I could say or do or expect can make a huge difference to my emotional well being, and to how I choose to act. It enables me to act rather than freeze up in difficult situations, it means I can protect myself, and it means I can stand up for myself and others.

My proposed future Script
  1. Complain to hotel security, that’s what they are for
  2. Request a room change, a different room when someone creepy knows where you are is A Good Thing.
  3. Complain to the police - I am sad I did not do this, awful!person could have been going home with a police record that might contribute to a future someone’s safety.
This is gonna work better from some humans than others, I’m going to wield being a white woman-ish person as hard as I can given it’s what I have to work with.

On positive action: One of my coping strategies is to try and find a positive action I can do, it helps me channel fear and anger into something that generates better feelings, and makes me feel less helpless when faced with something awful. My positive actions for this event are:
  • To share this with you; may this be in some way useful or empowering for you
  • To inoculate my workplace (via complaining about this a lot) in order to a) share my script with female coworkers and b) let my male coworkers know this is not OK and has consequences.
  • To reflect on how lucky I am to have such excellent support networks, that there were responsive hotel staff, and supportive conference staff
Chat transcript )
 

Gah. The End.
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Monday, July 2nd, 2012 09:40 pm
  • Still sick, still home (day 19 now). Have watched all of Once Upon a Time, most of Grimm, Iron Sky (again, still good) and read all the fanfic. Pls to be writing more now
  • Yay for buying groceries and watching Fremantle lose to Collingwood from my brothers' couch on Saturday (v. exciting, first trip more than 200m from house in quite some time
  • Yay for chicken soup (thank you mama)
  • Applying to withdraw from uni this trimester
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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 10:40 pm
Missed this on account of being in Melbourne for Agile Australia. This is me reviewing the lecture slides.

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012 10:24 pm
Pre seminar meeting with team, we are that organised ;p

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012 10:56 pm
It has to be said there's a reason I'm doing this in 11th place and that's because I wanted as much background as possible before launching into the marketing unit. meep.

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Saturday, January 28th, 2012 10:10 pm
Had afternoon tea for 47 people in a bag and a tiny amount of room still spare in my brain.

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Friday, January 27th, 2012 10:58 pm
Organisational Change and Transformation was my third pick after Leading and Facilitating teams was offered in error then withdrawn and Advanced Topics in Management: Managing a Global Workforce was withdrawn due to lack of numbers.

I admit I walked into this vastly disorganised, spending my two weeks lead time for preparation getting the house sold instead of reading the HUGE list of pre-readings. This was not helped by a text mixup at the bookstore and some of the readings not being available online.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2011 08:40 am

Company emails are a waste of time, outdated, inefficient and ruining employees lives, says the director of a giant tech company who has banned them in the workplace.

Interesting! I've seen increasing feedback suggesting email is a less and less effective form of communication - information overload certainly affects what feeds I'm willing to skim or subscribe to and I cower in the presence of wall'o'text emails.

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 03:33 pm
The unit MGMT8624 Leading and Facilitating Teams in Trimester 1 that you have enrolled in was an error in Student Connect. That unit has now been removed from your enrolment as it is not offered in 2012.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please log on to Student Connect to add another unit of your choice. I have attached the MBA 2012 timetable for your convenience.


That was going to be the cherry on the icing of the LAST YEAR of my MBA. My exciting alternative options now include:
  1. MGMT8516 Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation done over a horrifying 3 weeks on Fri & Sat.
  2. MGMT8570 Organisational Change and Transformation also done over a horrifying 3 weeks on Fri & Sat.
  3. MGMT8608 Entrepreneurship and Innovation which despite justifiable suspicions is not actually option 1. in disguise
  4. MGMT8616 Advanced Topics in Management: Managing a Global Workforce - could be fabulous... or ghastly....
CRISIS!
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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 10:26 pm
Exam.

Made slightly challenging by having been on a 2-day work conference but I skipped the all night drinking phase and that seemed to help.
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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 05:33 pm
...in which much fun was had and some learning was achieved.

I picked up some random trivia on SaaS and Cloud Computing (some of the good things and bad things about it) and some less trivial stuff on automated testing.
I also gave a presentation on Business Analysis with a colleague for which we got some good feedback, my team were just bitterly disappointed there was no interpretive dance. I told them they should have nailed down the scope earlier.

I love my work, oh yes I do.
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Friday, November 4th, 2011 07:40 am
some food for morning thought... I'm fortunate in that I've never worked directly for managers who believed this but I've certainly been caught in the backlash of people who do.
  • Myth #1: Multitasking is critical in a world of infinite demand. I'm seeing more and more commentary that says this is a terrible idea - when I was younger I preferred to be doing a task while having as many distractions around me as possible - radio, email, IM etc... now it depends on the task and sometimes I need to do only the one task to do it well.
  • Myth #2: A little bit of anxiety helps us perform better. Definitely not; in my experience anxiety contributes to not asking, not telling and not doing - all of which are tragic outcomes
  • Myth #3: Creativity is genetically inherited, and it's impossible to teach. Heh, in the context of the OTW I would say creativity and anxiety are connected, if you have the former it's hard to exercise the latter and it then has to be gently coaxed out
    • I would also argue, in the fannish context, that not allowing creativity to flourish leads to sudden bursts of rage and flouncing1 - it's so important to know we will be heard, and that means inviting people to speak
  • Myth #4: The best way to get more work done is to work longer hours. Sadly I've worked places where I came in early and left early and got teased for leaving as I left - and this was a place that actively talked about working 'smarter not harder. I think there's a couple of things going on there:
    • invisible work - if I don't see it being done I have no way of knowing if it's being done and if I have low trust I assume it's not being done - which explains everything you need to know about how staff perceive upper management
    • flow - the tendency to confuse the way people who are there all the time tend to know what's going on (a seemingly good outcome) with the way good communicators know what's going on anyway. (also an excellent way to do things). I get good results from being there ALL the time, but it's not sustainable and having people burn out isn't exactly a good long term strategy
1I was recently introduced to the gaming phrase 'rage-quit' which makes so much sense it hurts,
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Friday, October 21st, 2011 07:37 am
A lot of this article rang true for me.
  1. Create a culture of education
  2. Provide regular, consistent feedback
  3. Set time aside for weekly 1:1 meetings
  4. Manage the grunt work properly (always see light at the end of the tunnel)
  5. Publicly acknowledge good work
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 10:56 pm
Working from home (well from father's place) is awesome, went straight to class from there and managed to get in some reading before it started.

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 10:21 pm
Father sick, spent the night with him instead.

- Lecture on Strategy and Risk
- Discussion on Text Chapter 5 (assigned reading)
- Group Case Study – Text case 6, Page 252 – Global Multi-Products Chile (assigned reading)
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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 10:40 pm
Review of previous week - notes to self from previous week very helpful. Team is busily doing background analysis for group assignment -  lovely, lovely team ;)

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 09:14 am
Finally, class notes written up; quality variable.

Discussion of changes to schedule - week nine pushed out.

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011 09:13 am
home sick ...with a lot of painkillers...

- Lecture on International Trade and Business
- Effects of FDI: Impact of MNC’s
- Discussion on text introduction (assigned reading)
- Video – Intrepid Travel
- Group Case Study – Text case 1, Page 119– Monsanto Europe (assigned reading))