Hi. My name is Rich Ruh.
I thought I would start a thread for conference attendees to introduce themselves. Some of the information here I entered when I registered, but only Mark and Mike will see that- I thought others might find it interesting or useful as well.
I work for a software firm in Fort Collins, CO. Our company is fairly small, only 130 people, but we are part of a larger (about $500M revenue) firm, based in Seville, Spain. We provide asset, work, and outage management solutions to the utility industry.
My title is "Director of Software Engineering". I currently have 11 reports, 1 of whom has 3 reports of his own.
I discovered Management Tools last summer, and have been an avid listener ever since. I've been doing O3 meetings with all of my reports since August, and they've been, almost without exception, a spectacular success. I'm still struggling to get better with feedback and coaching.
I'm still in the process of listening to Mike and Mark's series on the DISC model. So far I [i]think [/i]I'm a "High D", but my wife is a psychotherapist -- so let's just say I have a lot of practice communicating with people who aren't...
Some random bits of probably-meaningless information:
- I've been learning German for 4 years
- My second favorite podcast is "12 Byzantine Rulers"
- I'm a former computer programmer (but you probably guessed that)
- I'm a telemark skier
Hmmm... did that last paragraph negate what I said about being a "High D"? :o
I'm looking forward to learning more from Mark, Mike, and the others attendees at "the pilgrimage".