I realize I have never done a bio before, so here goes (practice, practice, practice).
I started listening to the casts in August, 2005, soon after I got a job in another city, as the first Director at a very small company. The podcasts came at a prefect time for me, and for that I am eternally grateful. I manage a production department with 7 people, run the quality management system, and do business development. Our company has had to overcome many challenges, we struggle with them day to day, and we'll have more in the future as we try to change the culture from "service provider" to "solution provider". Manager Tools has helped me tremendously; and indirectly, helped the careers of those I manage. This is good for society, if even in a small way.
Story: I visited my son's Middle School recently. I met all of my child's teachers. All of them repeated the same idea, that they would lay down on train tracks for their boss, the principal. This is the kind of manager I want to be. Someone who has those kind of relationships. Manager Tools makes all the difference. I'm working at joining one of the conferences in 2008, and I want to thank Mark, Mike, and everyone in these forums for helping me accomplish this difficult goal.