BULLETIN: Dear Incredime (you know who you are), I tried to send you an email and it bounced back, and I no longer have your number due to an unfortunate incident involving my cell phone, gravity, and a hard surface. I was just saying “hi”, so shoot me an email or call me sometime. That is all.
Well, I realize I’ve been AWOL for a few days, and I apologize. I have been working on a massive project that can only be described as “Mission Impossible.” Sadly, due to legal considerations, I can’t really say anything specific about it. What I can say is this… the mission, to learn a new business in two weeks well enough to operate said business without the customers experiencing too much of a hiccup. The catch… not one person from the business available to show or teach me anything. Yes, you heard correctly. I must learn the entire business, without the benefit of anyone to tell me anything about it.
It’s a long story, and as I said before, I can’t really talk about the details. Perhaps some day I’ll be able to. However, this has resulted in a very long week. The business location is a 90 minute drive each way, if there’s no traffic. I’ve been there by 6:30 AM and been there until 8 or 9 PM. This coming week will be more of the same.
The good news is, we’re well connected in some related industries, and have contracted quite a bit of expert help. However, reverse engineering an entire business is a huge undertaking. (And if we fail, the business will need an undertaker.) I wish I could go into more detail, because it’s almost unbelievable how intricate the business processes are (and have to be).
I looked at my “to do” list for Friday, and there was nothing I could do but laugh. This was my “to do” list:
- Figure out MRP system
- Learn Shipping & Receiving Procedures
- Determine how to do Hypot testing on the product
- Learn how raw material lots are tracked
Now, if you’ve ever worked in business, you know why I laughed. Number one on my list could easily be a 3 month project. Number 3 likely requires that I spend 4 years at Devry. Scary.
I can hardly wait to see what next week holds.
And I have to admit, I’m having the time of my life working on this thing. I’m in a very fortunate position of having lots of “say” in what happens but very little if anything in the “responsibility for the business” area. Then after next week it will be back to my real life, where I actually AM responsible for what happens to the business. At least in my real life, I know the business already.