Journal: And Those Who Dig

July 13, 2012

in Journal Notes

Location Friday:  Seven     ||     8:00 am – 9:35 pm

  • Interview:  Received a list of questions for the cycling magazine interview.  I’ve started working on it.  It’s going to be about 5 pages by the time I’m done.  Deadline is Monday and I won’t have time to work on it this weekend.
  • Business Thinking:  Talked with one of Seven Cycles’ best retailers today.  We discussed the challenge of employee hiring step function tipping point.  We reviewed the calculation I’ve used for years that helps determine when it makes most sense to add help to the team.  It’s particularly challenging for him because adding to his team increases it by 1/3.  That’s a big and risky jump.  It turns out in his case that the challenge isn’t whether he can afford to hire but when to hire and how to best leverage the employee’s time and focus.  We ran the numbers on what it takes to pay for an employee.  Mechanic vs. sales person, etc.  It’s an exciting time for him; and an interesting time – as the popular curse goes.
  • Fatigue test:  Carbon frame surface finish.  Seven Cycles’ first test is just about complete.  Might wrap up today or Monday at the latest.  It’s taking a bit longer than I anticipated.  Bryan H.’s schedule is unusual and I’ve got way too many projects going on.
  • Time Marker:  Just about to survive a week-long period of four office people being on vacation at Seven Cycles.  Lots to cover but they’ll all be back on Monday.

“All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps!”  – Apone from Aliens


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