I'm Stephen Booth, a Technical Analyst with Service Birmingham in the UK. Service Birmingham is a Joint Venture company between Birmimgham City Council and Capita Group, most of the staff used to work for the council's IT department but were transferred over when the company was formed in April 2006.
My role isn't technically a management role but does involvce some project management, it's mostly about providing technical advice and consultancy to projects and overseeing short sub-projects. I do want to progress into management, hence my interest in Manager Tools.
I titled this "Usually on the other side of the table" as my other role is that I'm a union shop steward. I know that a lot of managers have a very negative view of unions, often without ever having dealt with one face to face, but the way I see it we should both be aiming for the same thing, a happy, healthy and productive workforce. Generally happy people are more productive than miserable ones (if nothing else they spend less time standing around the water cooler complaining about how much they hate their job) and a productive (successful) company offers better security of employment and more opportunities for the employees.
I enjoy the podcasts, although I don't get as much time to listen to them as I'd like, and try to get them in front of as many people (especially managers) at work as I can.