Anyway, I have work/life balance to maintain and I'm convinced that one must do that. So, when a morning meeting agreed to reconvene at 5.30, when I had to get myself off to London, I decided I'd simply teleconference in at that time. I'm still involved in the meeting, but I don't have to be present. I'm just multitasking.
And so it was that I found myself talking, slightly out of breath, during a meeting yesterday evening, from the comfort of my bicycle seat as I headed to the station. The impediment of my lack of breath and the wind rushing into the handsfree kit was a small concern, but I feel like I actually managed to contribute something useful to the meeting. I hope I did. I quite like this project.
I've been conveying some of the pressures onto my team. This has been for the benefit of the project. It's also been (with a little coaching and explaining WHY it's important, which I don't think they so much need, but I need to share it) a positive experience for them. They've not been crushed into banging stuff out. Instead, they've joined a race to achieve a goal. Days pass quickly this way and the regular achievement of a success is really enjoyable.
Apparently hairdressers are among the most satisfied of workers, since they effectively complete something ever 20-30 minutes and get an approval from their customer each time. So, I hope that I've been giving my team something useful to do and rewarding them for their results. That's fun - either side of the thank you.