Greetings All and Sundry,
I've been lurking here for a little while and listening to the podcasts for the last few months after having discovered them by accident on the website of the People's Choice Podcast Awards. Since then I have been running them non-stop on my drives to and from work, and occasionally at home. For some time it has been my intention to move into a supervisory role in my organization (a large public library system on the west coast of the United States), and in order to prepare I have been getting into a managerial mindset by reading and listening to resources on leadership and management (Is there a difference between the two? Who cares?). To that end, Manager/Career Tools has been indispensable. Alas, I have recently passed a series of interviews and am being entrusted with a library (and staff) of my very own to oversee. This probably would have happened without the guidance of Mike, Mark, and Wendii, but it would have taken considerably longer. As it is, the podcasts gave me the language and confidence to nail the interviews and form a game plan for my start date in May. For all of your expert guidance and recommendations, I thank the Manager Tools team.
As for me? I am a 29-year-old librarian with several years of professional and several more years of para-professional experience. I am passionate about libraries (I think they're the most important of "issues") and became a librarian (as opposed to, say, a lawyer) because the career allows me to combine my love of books, technology, and customer-service. Some librarians are the cuddle-up-in-the-corner-with-a-book types, which I totally get, but that's not me. Books are terrific, but I think people are better. Away from work, I like to read (surprise!), practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, edit Wikipedia, go places with my wife and friends, and a bunch more. I don't get bored.
I'm pleased to have become a member of this forum, and hope to learn as much from participating here as I have from the podcasts. I'm also looking forward to rolling out The Trinity in my upcoming role. May the rookie mistakes that arise from that amuse you (and not get me fired).
And again, Mike, Mark and Wendii: Thank you, thank you, thank you.