Sunday, June 21, 2015

Meeting room names

In my profession, I get to visit and meet a lot of customers. And most of these meetings happen in “Meeting rooms”. I have noticed that meeting rooms have a character which somehow reflects the culture of the organization.

If they are flowers, fruits, trees, plants, rivers etc. the organization turns out to be (or at least pretends to be environmentally friendly). If they got names like – MR1, 2, 3 etc then you can be rest assured that it’s an engineering firm run by a strict Engineer.

My company has the names of the islands around Singapore as it’s meeting room names – Pedra Branca, St John’s island etc. And that’s because my CEO is an avid sailor.

Anyway, the funniest place that I ever went to was an organization that had famous movie names as their meeting rooms – “Sound of Music”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” etc. I attended a huge argument laden, animated meeting in which I was a mute spectator while my sales guys defended our stance against a very rude and nasty customer. After I came out of the meeting room, I casually glanced at the meeting room name which said – “The good the bad and the ugly”.

The good, the bad and the ugly theme

Sunday, June 14, 2015

I’m back

Yeah. If there is one thing I have learned from Arnold Swaziland (sorry, can’t ever spell or say his last name without making him sound like a Maharashtrian) is to say “I’ll be back” in style.

I’ll be back

So yeah, I disappeared for more than 1.5 months. What was I doing? Well, besides being generally lethargic, wasting my time on the internet and procrastinating I did 1 big thing. I went through a part-time course in “Statistical Analysis for Business”. TL;DR – I did a crash course in data analysis.

So what did I learn? Well, I learnt enough to know that – I still have a long way to go to use statistics in business analytics and to not trust all those predictive stats and analysis that are blatantly thrown in my face.

If you have been checking my blog often, thank you for your patience. I shall be back to my old routine.