Losing my job is not the way I really wanted to follow Mark's example - but there you go.
About one month ago I went into an O3 with my boss on the last day of my 6 month probation. I was a bit suprised when I saw the Senior HR Manager there - but not as suprised as when I was told that they would not be proceding with my employment and I had 2 hours to clear out my desk and do a handover to my boss. (Fortunatly it was just after the termination immunisation casts and I was reasonably prepared)
I had no inkling of this - there had been discussions about deadlines at a progress meeting 2 month earlier - but no plans or concrete targets made then. I felt I had made improvements and there had been no feedback from my boss in the nearly biweekly o3's (her version anyway) since, certainly nothing to indicate that my job was on the line!
Anyway I am trying to take the best from this, and have at least confirmed how I don't want to behave to my staff in the future. I also get to use my interviewing series subscription - where I had before seen it as some payback for M&M.
Anyway this is a partial explanation for my absence from the forums lately.