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Hey guys did you see we left Afghanistan? 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2021 at 10:52pm
Originally posted by SSOK SSOK wrote:

Hey guys did you see we left Afghanistan? 

Afghaniwho? Doesn't ring any bells.
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Well getting old inhales deeply. Two small strokes, left side weakness only real issue. Played paintball scenario from my wheelchair over weekend, was the HQ guy, rest of team out there, was at HQ alone, 4 bad guys raced in, rolled out of my wheelchair got 3 before they got me, they thought it was going to be easy.

BTW got one of the faulty from factory TMC's, trigger linkage will not allow sear to release rear bolt at times, new parts coming from Tippmann.
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Tested positive for COVID last Sunday. Have been fully vaccinated since June. Thankfully the symptoms were mild, so I'm still chalking that up to a success, but still pretty bummed I was a breakthrough case. 
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

Tested positive for COVID last Sunday. Have been fully vaccinated since June. Thankfully the symptoms were mild, so I'm still chalking that up to a success, but still pretty bummed I was a breakthrough case. 


Glad you were vaxxed up so it was mild.

For me, I haven't been on here in a dog's age. I got promoted back in June and it's been non-stop work ever since. I started out with no Hilton Honors account and in just two months, I've hit Diamond Elite status with a full year of carryover and have over 100k points on my account. I should be able to take the family on a vacay for a full week on points alone pretty much anywhere in the world by the end of the work year (June). The good news is, the company makes it worth my while. Big, fat raise, car allowance, phone allowance, and my monthly share of health care premiums dropped to $20/mo, so you can't really beat that.

Hopefully, things slow down in a little while because I spend most of my time away from home right now. We picked up 25+ schools this year because all of our competitors just ghosted their clients during COVID.
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Congrats on the promotion! I'm curious why the competition ghosted their clients?
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

Congrats on the promotion! I'm curious why the competition ghosted their clients?


Idiocy, short-term gains at the expense of long-term profit, inability to pivot quickly.

When it became clear, almost immediately, that this thing was going to go on for more than two weeks, they started laying off everyone from dishwashers to middle management and even above in an effort to shed financial liability. That literally left nobody to pick up the phone when the clients started calling to figure out if food service would be possible for the next school year. These companies all have strict top-down management styles with heavy siloing and firewalls to prevent anyone outside the organization from gaining the ability to reach someone who actually has the ability to make decisions or give you any real info.

Compare that to my company which has a more balanced management structure (we give operations managers at the unit level the ability to make a lot of decisions that have very real and visible results and consequences) believes in free communication between departments and units, embraces radical candor and individual ownership, and literally gives everyone in the company the personal phone number of both of our owners (I can call Paco and Tina right now from my cell and they'll pick up).

That freedom and communication allowed our individual unit-level managers to work with our clients from the get-go to prepare for eventual re-opening and proved ourselves to be invaluable partners in helping to guide policy for many of our clients regarding cleaning, distancing, cost management, PPE procurement, etc.

I actually stayed employed and kept my assistant managers whole by working harder than I ever had before to develop plans, distribute food to those in need within the school community, and aid the school in procuring the PPE and necessary chemicals, signage, and equipment to keep the community safe.

The company didn't tell me to do this, I just picked up the ball and ran with it as did our other unit-level managers. We had schools where we were so effective, they never actually closed or stopped service (mostly boarding schools which had the ability to essentially quarantine in place until the end of the school year). Those other companies never gave their managers the ability to do any of that. They just cut them all loose to save money in the short term, not taking the long view that they'd need these same folks on the back end of things to get that business back.
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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

Congrats on the promotion! I'm curious why the competition ghosted their clients?


Idiocy, short-term gains at the expense of long-term profit, inability to pivot quickly.

When it became clear, almost immediately, that this thing was going to go on for more than two weeks, they started laying off everyone from dishwashers to middle management and even above in an effort to shed financial liability. That literally left nobody to pick up the phone when the clients started calling to figure out if food service would be possible for the next school year. These companies all have strict top-down management styles with heavy siloing and firewalls to prevent anyone outside the organization from gaining the ability to reach someone who actually has the ability to make decisions or give you any real info.

Compare that to my company which has a more balanced management structure (we give operations managers at the unit level the ability to make a lot of decisions that have very real and visible results and consequences) believes in free communication between departments and units, embraces radical candor and individual ownership, and literally gives everyone in the company the personal phone number of both of our owners (I can call Paco and Tina right now from my cell and they'll pick up).

That freedom and communication allowed our individual unit-level managers to work with our clients from the get-go to prepare for eventual re-opening and proved ourselves to be invaluable partners in helping to guide policy for many of our clients regarding cleaning, distancing, cost management, PPE procurement, etc.

I actually stayed employed and kept my assistant managers whole by working harder than I ever had before to develop plans, distribute food to those in need within the school community, and aid the school in procuring the PPE and necessary chemicals, signage, and equipment to keep the community safe.

The company didn't tell me to do this, I just picked up the ball and ran with it as did our other unit-level managers. We had schools where we were so effective, they never actually closed or stopped service (mostly boarding schools which had the ability to essentially quarantine in place until the end of the school year). Those other companies never gave their managers the ability to do any of that. They just cut them all loose to save money in the short term, not taking the long view that they'd need these same folks on the back end of things to get that business back.

Does one of the competitors rhyme with Aramark?

That makes complete sense, and I have worked for those large corporations. What is the size of your company?
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:


Does one of the competitors rhyme with Aramark?

That makes complete sense, and I have worked for those large corporations. What is the size of your company?


As a matter of fact, one of them does indeed rhyme with Aramark.
Others rhyme with Compass and Sodexho... Funny how that works...

We're at around 300 units at the moment. USA and Canuckistan (only about 4-5 schools in the land of the frozen Choopies at the moment, but growing every year).

We're not looking to grow as big as the giants. You can only do that through acquisition, which isn't out way. Still a privately owned company though not really "small" anymore.
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So I'm pretty much where I left off last time I checked in.

Living in England, with....them.  Working in insurance fraud/litigation basically sleepwalking for the time being but i gather last few years that's almost the norm. 

Hoping to get north of the wall for Christmas to see the family, Mum moved house as my estranged father reckoned the 20 years of real estate appreciation on a property he hadn't seen in a decade was worth permanent disownment. She now lives in a gorgeous wee village in a 19th century cottage with a proper fireplace and a couple of wee dogs  though so she is loving life and I'm looking forward to Christmas there. Its really a beautiful part of the world.

Then the idea is to send my other half home to Uzbekistan so she can see her 70yo mother for the first time n 2.5years. Trouble is this Omicron carry on is threatening our plans. You see the boys from Glasgow (yes THE boys) are coming down to Manchester for Hogmanay and she can't be here. She just can't.  She is supposed to fly out 28th until mid January but that's looking risky. Especially since her flight transits through Istanbul.

So really much of the same unless she can't travel in which case I'm probably moving back to Scotland with all the brass that's already paid for.
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