I am Peter Westley (like you couldn't tell that from my cryptic handle :-) and I live in Croydon Hills, a leafy suburb about 30km east of Melbourne in the state of Victoria, Australia.
Right now I'm an unemployed bum, looking for a fun place to be an engineering / project manager. But let me take a few steps back...
I graduated with a bachelor of engineering degree in electronics and telecommunications from the RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and immediately began working for HP (and later Agilent) for the next 15 years. I held roles from technical presales support in the test equipment sales group through to customer support in unix and networking in a call centre (one of the early ones...). Later I moved into software development and engineering services (internal support for the R&D group).
In my later years as an IT/engineering manager I began to be drawn inexorably towards the 'people' side of the equation and spent a lot of time learning - and coaching others in - the finer points of effective teamwork. While far from perfect, I think the grounding in a company like HP (and the associated values as instilled by the founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard) helped me really understand the intrinsic importance of the human relationship in achieving [b][i]anything[/i][/b] in this world.
My final 2.5 years was with Agilent in Santa Rosa, CA (hello Jim P!) where I was retrenched with the dotcom downturn. I returned to Australia - after taking 6 months off and travelling around the USA in a 27' RV towing a Honda CRV.
On arriving back in Australia I started a business consulting to 'technology folk' (OK, IT geeks and engineers) to help them achieve more effective teamwork and leadership. That's a difficult business to start from scratch and so I've decided to give it away (at least for the time being) and return to a day job. Having tasted the joys and flexibility of self employment however, I don't think it will be forever!
Much of what I've earned about helping groups of people become truly effective teams revolves around the DISC behavioural model and so I've listened with excitement and interest to the members-only 'casts about that topic. I think it's wonderful, Mark and Mike, that you use it and believe me when I say I know why you value it so much as a tool. My profile is S over I with a mid-level C and so-tiny-as-to-be-unmeasurable D. (2-5-6-4 in the personal profile intensity measurements) High D's exhaust me :-) This profile is as measured by how others see me - so it is [b]reality[/b] as opposed to [b]my perception[/b] of my profile. I hope to talk about that some more on the forum at some stage - watch for a post!
I have taken this opportunity to also update my profile with an avatar. That's me with my Nikon D100 on my Gitzo model G2220 tripod on top of Mount Stirling (for those reading at home in Victoria!) In my free time I also play with amateur radio (especially APRS), woodworking, cycling and have two great kids (11 and 13).
Hope I haven't bored you too much. Thanks to M&M and I look forward to remaining a part of this fantastic community...