June 15, 2010

Blogging Month Day 15: Writing proposals, Work-life balance, Worrying news, and Will It Blend?

Filed under: I.T, Just Plain Weird, Librarian, movies, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 7:26 pm

Halfway through the month: and I’m not sure what to think. I’m getting a kick out of the interaction the whole exercise is bringing. I like the memes. But I do worry that I prattle, and that maybe it’s all too far towards the trivial side of things!

1) One Good Thing: Wrote a really snappy project proposal for my School to try and get them to go digital with the deposit thesis collection they force on us each year. I might just be being vain, but boy this baby was a firecracker of a proposal! When I went to the Aurora Institute earlier this year, one of the biggest things I picked up is that my enthusiasm and ideas-generation is a good thing, but if I want to harness it I have to cement it all in a proper business plan or proposal, and spotlight the benefits (to other people, not to me. And “because it would be awesome!” is not a benefit, sadly.) Anyway, I spotlighted the schizzle out of the benefits in this one, and I think it’s going to be a really powerful document and get me exactly what I want. (Unless it ends up in the Head of School’s recycling bin, that is…)

2) One Bad Thing: not for me, for hubby – his workplace did a staff perception survey, and found that 90% of staff thought they didn’t have an appropriate work-life balance in their position. So tonight after work, he’s sticking around for a compulsory whole-staff meeting to talk about how they could fix this, and then a compulsory whole-staff dinner to thank them for their hard work. Maybe this should have been labelled “One Ironic Thing”…

3) One Thing I Learned: that there’s to be a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie. Oh dear…

4) Today’s Link: We all know the iPad can do amazing things. But the real question is: Will It Blend?



  1. […] Blogging Month Day 15: Writing proposals, Work-life balance … […]

    Pingback by Panic Attacks! What to Do to Regain Balance And Control | how to handle stress — June 15, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

  2. You’re so good. Laughing about the irony of taking more time to discuss how not to take more time.

    For years I had a fear of becoming a senior manager because I thought this would happen to me, that you morph into people out of touch with reality.
    Now that I am a senior manager I’m grateful to all my staff that keep me real. My staff would have told me what they thought of the ‘irony’ of that proposal for sure

    Comment by Ruth Baxter — June 15, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

  3. oh boy – that is irony with a capital I!
    You reckon Aurora is good? Uber boss has encouraged me to apply in the past. Had a friend who went who thought there was too much emotional brow beating in it.

    Comment by Penny — June 16, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    • Don’t get me wrong – there’s a lot of emotional brow beating. If you’re not a “wonderful voyage of teary self discovery” person some of it will make you uncomfortable. It’s not easy, not by a long shot. I still think to myself sometimes that I didn’t quite do it properly, some of it.
      But it’s a “get out of it what you can” sort of thing, and it’s certainly a prof dev smorgasbord, I doubt you’d come away thinking “well that was a colossal waste of time”. And if your work is going to support your app and pay for you to go, then hey, what have you got to lose? 🙂

      Comment by liberrydwarf — June 16, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    • Hi Penny, the CAUDIT-Educause Institute is good if you’re not into emotional brow beating. (I haven’t been to Aurora so can’t contrast). Covers introduction to middle and senior management with theory and advice – some of what it covers will appear basic to you, and some as really new. You do a team case study so you get to practice, and the facilitators are all senior managers from diff Unis and they take time in the breaks to chat to you one on one after hearing your thoughts in the sessions. Good luck, Ruth

      Comment by Ruth Baxter — June 16, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

  4. I love Will it Blend… thank you.



    Comment by babychaos — June 17, 2010 @ 7:49 am

  5. I can’t believe he blended an iPad! OMG! NSFW! I just sat at my desk laughing and saying “oh no!” over and over again!

    Comment by NomesD — June 18, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

  6. I LOVE your prattle, and it’s not prattle. Keep it up!

    Comment by strawberriesofintegrity — June 18, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

  7. […] liberrydwarf] Now that is what I call an awesome marketing […]

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