As part of the social media pilot, my colleague Mark Marcus, asked me to create this “Blog it Forward” posting and to provide answers to the following questions:
What was your dream job as a kid?
I am fascinated with nature and animals so my dream job as a kid was to become a wilderness explorer: find new animal species and investigate earth’s dangerous animals. I think the “call of nature” passed on to my children who are searching for Michigan’s wild animals to keep as pets every day.
What is your favorite place in the world?
This is an easy answer: it is of course Brisbane! The Aussies typically send you to Sydney but this is just to hide this beautiful jewel of Southern Queensland. Blessed not only with sun, access to a wonderful hinterland and the gorgeous Sunshine Coast it is also full of great people, a vibrant downtown with a city beach (float in the water of South Bank park lagoon with a view through palm trees to the downtown skyline) and restaurants serving the freshest and best seafood you can get. Have a Wallaby hop by your house and ask for milk and Cockatoos or Kookaburras fly over your head while having a BBQ with your mates or family…
What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?
In 1999, I had the opportunity to lead an implementation project in Puebla which was positioned as a 3 Month Quick Win with the customer to excite them about SAP and the larger enterprise transformation. The project scope and timeline was very aggressive and the expectation very high and the team distributed between Mexico and Germany with a 7 hour time difference. But the team was amazing and worked so well together over the big distance that we beat the timeline and finished even earlier! Working with a cross-cultural team is a great challenge but very rewarding. I learned a lot and even though this was a lot of work & pressure, we always had a great time.