pretty normal week - not much exciting happened.
air conditioning units
I guess the biggest item this past week was the visit from the A/C techs. They told me exactly what I knew they were going to tell me - that I need a new system; that the Freon we have now is out-lawed and that it will cost $100/lb as if we need to add more. The upstairs system is really in need of replacement - there is a major leak in the coils. so next week, I'm expecting another visit to discuss options and how much it will cost. the home repairs never end.
it was an ok week. I did some exercising, but we had a couple of weak cold fronts move in and it made it difficult to get up an exercise. But we did it anyway. I just didn't get in some extra evening miles (2-mile runs).
work / leadership development
My old boss invited me to lunch on Tuesday. We were both really busy, so we only had time for a quick bite at the local cafeteria. We talked a lot about future assignments for me. I explained to him where I see myself going and what types of assignments I need to get there and he was able to give me some good advice about what I need to do.
Then he asked me if I wanted to go down the technical / professional track or the management track. I told him I'm focusing on the management track. Then he asked me how I'm doing on developing my leadership skills. I honestly have not thought about this much. I've done tons of leadership training, but then never was in a position to really use it, so I've kind of abandoned the whole leadership mindset for the last 5 years. So, he suggested I start focusing on developing my leadership skills (not my management skills). He suggested I begin by reading The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. After lunch, I found some on-line presentations about the book and read through those. I then decided to go ahead and order the book. There seems to be a lot of interesting content and ideas in the book. I may be blogging more about learning leadership and developing my own leadership skills; so stay tuned.
That is about all for the week's highlights. The weekend should be nice and enjoyable.