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  • With a little luck we can help it out
    We can make this whole damn thing work out
    With a little love we can lay it down
    Can't you feel the town exploding

    There is no end to what we can do together
    There is no end
    The willow turns his back on inclement weather
    And if he can do it we can do it

    By Sir Paul McCartney

    Yesterday, I got to spend the day touring a facility that will soon be under me, although they didn't know it, and I couldn't tell them. To them, I was just a visiting executive with an interest and some time in my itinerary. It was an interesting tour, and time spent with a few of the people, there.

    The visit and tour had been set up well before I knew that I would soon be moved into the position I'll be going into, next week. It was simply a matter of, flying into town early, and not meeting up with the people I came to town to meet with until later in the day, I had the time, and did have the interest, even before I knew what I now know. As it turns out, I now have a more vested interest in that office and how it operates. It will be my biggest challenge in my new role.

    I liked what I saw. There is a certain perception of this office, and it's director, back in headquarters, that might not be fair, but is as a direct result of the leadership that's been in place the past 4 years, but will soon be me. Now, I'll be walking into an opportunity to stem that tide, and maybe even turn it around and get it all moving in the right direction.

    I don't have any grand illusions about how great my experience and skill set is for such things - I know, from that experience, that all you can do is set a tone, chart a course direction, provide support and guidance, garner support from above, communicate, communicate, communicate, listen, learn, and lead - and, if you're really lucky, a third of all of that effort will work, and it'll all turn around. I count on that luck. I believe in it. I am a lucky guy.

    From what I saw yesterday, I believe my luck will continue, in this venture. I'm counting on it. I'm savoring this opportunity.

    Wish me luck!
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