You asked for it. :-)
I'm Dan Stratton, currently in Boise, ID working as an IT Operations Manager for Albertsons. We were acquired by SuperValu in June, so the ride is on! Fortunately, it looks like the best decision for the company.
I joined the company last year and was promoted to IT Ops Manager after 6 months. I was given a team of 46 directs in five locations and 3 states. That was overwhelming! Previously, I had managed 12 in a small company of 60. That was quite a change for me, but somehow I survived. I can't say I did a good job, but we did make progress. As soon as I could, though, I started giving groups to other managers where synergy existed.
I now only have 13 directs in two locations with a mandate to fix some problems and am able to do them justice. It is a lot of fun to go to work now! I stumbled onto Manager Tools a month ago and (as of July 4th) have caught up on all the backlog. What a rush! I am learning so much, I look forward to the commute every day. Thank you so much for your efforts. I know I am benefitting greatly and my team is taking notice.
When I'm not working, I am a father of 3 wonderful kids and husband to a beautiful wife. She is a part time speech therapist for the local school district. I love woodworking and have a side business making wood pens and furniture. I love reading, although I haven't quite the speed of Mark. Yet. Something to aspire to one day.
Last week I was asked to be the clerk for my church, which I find to be a great management teaching experience. I am the 'administrative assistant' and am anticipating the needs of the leaders. What fun! I find it very helpful to wear the other hat on the weekends. :lol:
Thanks for listening and THANK YOU for your efforts. I love every word and am grateful for the benefits my team is experiencing.