Hello all, my name is Justin and I am a "semi" new member. I've been listening to Manager Tools from the beginning of the Summer.
A little history about me. My parents were missionaries and I was born in South Korea... moving to the Fiji Islands a few years later and growing up near the capital of Suva. After a fun child hood I moved back to the US and finished up my education. Post High School I joined the US Navy as an E-1, and spent the next five years working in various capacities for the Navy. During that time I lived in Iceland for a year and a half and in Italy for two years. The last year of service I managed a small project management office on my base that acted in a variety of roles and was charged with such things as technology upgrades, liaison, etc.
I'd previously liked the thought of management, but during that time my love for project management expanded and I really saw something that I would love doing for the rest of my life. So of course what next to do? I left the military and went back to school. So this past spring I graduated with a B.S. in Business Management.
Most people get a job after college, but instead of doing that I went to Sweden and got married (my wifes family is Swedish). After playing around in the summer we moved down to Raleigh, North Carolina. Its a great place and we're absolutely loving it.
Anyhow, I am currently working on becoming gainfully employed and though I usually stick to the podcasts, I decided that it wouldn't be a bad idea for me to drop by the forums to say hello and thanks to the MT guys for all the great work they have put out.
Really guys, after I graduated I looked back and realized that my degree had not taught me what I needed or wanted to know to be an effective manager. When I started listening to Manager Tools I said "Wow! This stuff is great!", and it is... its all the practical stuff they should have taught me in school rather than theory about things that really aren't going to make me a better manager.
So, thanks for your time guys. I'm looking forward to your future podcasts!
btw, anybody that wants information on what to do in the Fiji Islands or Sweden, just drop me a PM. :)