Awhile ago, I blogged about how Israeli companies pretty much need to ignore their local (Israeli) holidays, and work according to the US calendar. In a way, the US-subsidiary of an Israeli company is pretty much the same in reverse - ignore the US holidays. So, what does one do if their in both worlds?
Memorial Day (today), my family and I decided to get away on the long weekend and drive down to Santa Barbara (nice place BTW). Gemini holds the traditional Monday morning meeting at 6:30 AM PST to accommodate for the time zones. Figuring there's nothing "going on" at 6:30 AM, and it is important to partake in as many team meetings possible, I woke up early, snuck out of my hotel room, got a cup of freshly brewed lousy coffee, and called in to the conference line, while sitting on the veranda of this lovely Santa Barbara Inn -- it's not all bad. Only... they could hear me, but I couldn't hear them!
So, now that I'm locked out of my hotel room, and certainly don't want to disturb the rest of my family, I thought I should just blog about the frustration that one can build due to CRAPPY AUDIO SYSTEMS!
In today's global economy, we rely on bridges, polycom phones, video conferencing, gotomeeting, etc., to run our businesses. When something breaks, there goes the communication link. I would send a message that says, invest in a great system, but guess what - those break too! We've actually been upgrading our system at Gemini... I thought our old system was actually OK (assuming that people speak clearly and in the general direction of the microphone). So, my message - if something ain't broke - don't fix it. And, if it does, try not to get upset, that's not good for ones well being ;-)