Sunday, 6 July 2008

Ménage à try

I'm trying my hand at management. I've just been hired as the manager of the hotel/hostel ('Inn') I'm staying at. I've been working here for a while—a few shifts a week—to pay the rent, but lately it developed into something completely different.
The problems are twofold. First, I'm still maintaining the freelance design work which has sustained me for years, including a new Toronto agency which sends me nothing but urgent work. And second, the Inn has never had a 'manager'-manager, so the systems are largely improvised, outdated, and inside people's heads. There's a culture of putting out fires instead of implementing good, preventative systems. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. My first few weeks will be dedicated to simply increasing the transparency of our processes.

In seven weeks I fly to London. I haven't booked my return flight yet, but I hope to spend five days in England and three in Paris, plus a day either side to deal with jet lag. No itinerary yet, though it's a safe bet museums will feature largely.

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