Jurgen! How would you encourage team building? A good team building exercise which (at least…
Our company has its main office in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and a second one in Zhytomyr (Ukraine). On Twitter you might have read that I am in Ukraine right now, together with two of my project managers, and it’s the first time that we’re visiting this country. That’s because our board of directors has recently decided that our web solutions division, for which I am “acting Business Unit Manager”, now not only comprises 60 people in The Netherlands, but also 40 people working in Ukraine.
(I am sure that it is a devious plot with the aim of making sure that I stop micro-managing whatever it was that I was still micro-managing. Here’s a tip for anyone who wants a manager to stop interfering with their people’s daily tasks: give him 100 people to manage. He will either stop micro-managing, or go insane.)
Well, after three days in Ukraine I’m starting to understand why it has been both good and difficult for some of my colleagues who traveled to Ukraine earlier. Let me give you some examples:
Of course, there’s much more to tell about Ukraine, the great people we have in Zhytomyr, and how we work together across a distance of 2000 kms. But I will save that for some other times.
First I’m going to take a nice bath in the pink bathroom of my rented apartment, enjoying hot water that will (hopefully) be heated with European gas.
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