THE WELCH COMPANY
440 Davis Court #1602
San Francisco, CA 94111-2496
415 781 5700
S U M M A R Y
DIARY: March 30, 1996 07:14 AM Saturday;
Visited Steve and Lilly for Amanda's communion ceremony.
2...Paul said his company got him a notebook computer, but there is
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Moving Existing Stuff, Rugs
Steve & Lilly
0404 - ..
0405 - Summary/Objective
040601 - Followed up work at ref SDS 15 line 44.
040603 - Millie and I visited Steve and Lilly today and went to their church
040604 - for Amanda's first communion.
040606 - The ceremony was at the Catholic church accross the street from
040607 - Lilly's parents in Burlingame on Balboa street. To me the star of the
040608 - event was the woman who led some young children, probably between 8
040609 - and 12, and the entire congregation in various songs. She played the
040610 - guitar and the harmonica, and managed electronic sound equipment. This
040611 - woman was on top of the game.
Computers Replace Managers
New World Order
Automation, Implementing, 930119
Reengineer Project Management
Fewer Managers More Information Requires
Not Enough Time to use PMBOK, ISO, Other
Productivity Not Improved by Spreadsheets &
Specialists Needed for Information Highway
Technology & Management Science Together
1412 - Summary/Objective
141301 - I visited with Paul Noce. He is a sales supervisor for
141303 - Columbia Distributing
141304 - 30977 San Antonio Street
141305 - Hayward, CA 94544
141306 - 510 429 6860 ext 432 fax 6876
141308 - Paul and Arlene are friends of Steve and Lilly.
141310 - Paul said his firm went through a downsizing program about 2 years
141311 - ago. Formerly, there had been two Supervisors. He was moved from being
141312 - a Sales Supervisor, back to doing straight sales. Several months ago,
141313 - he was elevated back to being a Sales Supervisor because the person
141314 - who had been retained as the Supervisor under the downsizing program,
141315 - left the firm.
141316 - ..
141317 - Paul said his company got him a notebook computer, but there is
141318 - not enough time for him to use it. His company has reduced the
141319 - support staff for the Supervisors in the belief that personal
141320 - computers permit them to be more productive. I mentioned the article
141321 - in Fortune on this situation occuring more widely, ref SDS 16 line
141322 - 167. Paul said that since he doesn't have time to use the computer,
141323 - and there is less administrative support, he has gotten behind in his
141324 - work. He said he has to spend a lot time putting out fires from
141325 - misunderstanding that formerly did not occur.
141327 - Paul explained that within the past week or so he met with his boss
141328 - and told him he wanted to quit because he was behind in his work and
141329 - so was not doing the job needed and expected by the firm. His
141330 - supervisor asked him not to quit because if he did then the supervisor
141331 - would have to do all of Paul's work and so would be even further
141332 - behind himself than he is now.
141334 - As a result, Paul is learning to survive by being behind in his work,
141335 - something he would not tolerate previously.
141337 - I told Paul about the Associated Press report on Feb 4, that managers
141338 - are wasting a lot of time in inproductive meetings because people are
141339 - unprepared, there is not an agenda, key people do not show up, and
141340 - there is no follow up, ref SDS 13 line 108. Paul said his meetings
141341 - are better run than reported by AP. He said, however, his sales force
141342 - is attending a supplier meeting next week and so he plans to contact
141343 - them for an agenda in advance of attending that his people can use to
141344 - prepare for the meeting.
141346 - [See follow up discussion with General Hatch at ref SDS 17 line
141347 - 615 and article to PMI Communications on Asilomar, ref SDS 18 line
141348 - 189.]