Demo day!

So, our big day has arrived. As I write this, I’m nursing a glass of an unnamed beverage and contemplating the events of this summer. I wrote a lot about things I needed to continue to work on. I’ll give a brief recap of the demo and touch on some more that I need to work on but I’ll share some hopefully sufficiently anonymized things that I noticed.

Our intern team was probably the most prepared team (I’m biased. 🙂 ) because we were able to look at our app on the project & fix our last minute display problems. As a result, we were able to deliver our presentation in less than the allotted time which turned out to be a wise decision because we were peppered with questions from the other managers and senior vice presidents present. I’m incredibly proud of my intern team and it’s a bit scary how much I’ve bonded & dare I say, love every member of our team? 🙂 Anyway, remember love doesn’t mean I can’t criticize. We haven’t been without our hiccups but we were largely able to put aside our egos for the greater good of the application. I am coming away from this experience with a more nuanced approach to negotiation and a better understanding of true compromise & finding common ground.

Some choice quotes to end the night with:

a. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” This quote is usually in the back of mind when I’m at meetings but I suspect that a blanket application of this rule could mean one may never speak out so apply judiciously.

b. “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” This goes without saying. People don’t take kindly to being ordered around or even during conflict, hurling accusations or aggressive defense of one’s position can make coming to a compromise hard.

c. “All’s well that ends well.” Despite getting into some choppy waters this summer (personal & professional), I’m ending on a positively high note. Granted, I still have a week in Louisville, KY but I’m confident that if I follow my own advice in the previous post, all will be well. 🙂

That’s all for now. Sláinte! 🙂