Manager Builders

I wrestle constantly with the maker's schedule versus the manager's schedule.

This piece by Rands was a nice reminder to make time for making, especially this:

...every manager should have work on their plate that involves long periods of thinking as a daily antidote for busy. We need to be reminded of the healthy mindset that accompanies the act of building.

what vs. who

Someone said to me recently that they thought that in the decision criteria for choosing a job, who you work with (or for) was a much more important factor to consider than what you actually do. Put simply: the who matters more than the what.

I can think of times in my life where I’ve done things I didn’t enjoy per se simply because of the opportunity to be around certain people. And I’ve experienced this in both the professional and personal environments. With friends, I may go see a movie I don’t particularly want to see because I want to spend time with friends I haven’t spent time with in a while. At school, I may choose the less interesting (to me) of two project topics simply because the team is one I’d rather work with. While these experiences tend to make me think there’s some validity to the hypothesis, I can also imagine a situation where someone takes this to the extreme, chooses to do something they truly hate with people they really like and the hatred for the task leaks over into the relationships.

This notion isn’t offered as a comfort for those taking jobs they aren’t particularly thrilled about, but rather as a prod for those trying out potential employers: it may behoove us to figure out whether we’ll truly appreciate being part of the team, given who’s already on it.

so long for now

have just finished the last day of work, very sad to leave. i hate mass emails, but did one anyways:

Short of elementary school, my affiliation with ABC News has been the longest of any in my life, so you’ll have to excuse the sentimental nature of this note. Today marks the end of my (current) journey with you.

If someone had told me as a kid, that I would someday have the opportunity to go to Buckingham Palace with Charlie Gibson or the White House with Diane Sawyer, I would have laughed. But I did. As a kid, I used to break my mom’s kitchen appliances because I liked pushing buttons, so I’m not sure how I was ever allowed to set foot in a network television control room. But I was.

My time here has afforded me some incredible professional experiences and some amazing personal friendships. It has been a privilege to work side by side with so many talented people every day. I do sincerely hope that our paths will cross again some day, but in the mean time I look forward to keeping in touch.

Until next time,


reporting russert

It is a sad day for television, journalism, politics, and frankly, the whole country. Tim Russert died this afternoon of a heart attack at NBC’s Washington Bureau. He was 58.

We became aware of the rumors about his death internally at ABC News around 3pm. It was almost 45 minutes later before Tom Brokaw interrupted NBC and MSNBC to report the death. By then several news outlets, including the New York Times and the New York Post were reporting it. There is a gentleman’s agreement between the television networks to defer to the shop affected before reporting news about the competition. When NBC finally went on the air, so did we, updating our site, etc. The same deference was given when our own Peter Jennings passed.

On the web, it was interesting to watch Twitter and Wikipedia through this ordeal. When we first heard rumors of the news, Twitter had only a few recent tweets about Tim Russert. Within 20 minutes there were a few dozen, and by the time I got back to my desk, after NBC had confirmed the news, it was in the thousands. Wikipedia had already been updated with his date of death before the rumors had even reached ABC’s newsroom.

Thoughts and prayers to the Russert family and Tim’s colleagues at NBC.