One way to tell if a new team member is going to last the distance


Anyone who knows me will know that like most techies (apologies for making such a broad generalisation – but most of my techie mates won’t mind I think) I’m a bit of a science fiction fan.  I’ve recently been re-watching Dark Skies which was on tv in 1997.  At the start of an episode called “Hostile Convergence”, John in a voiceover makes the following observation “I’ve heard that if you want to find out everything there is to know about somebody, all you have to do is drive across the country with them.”

It suddenly struck me that the same applies to travelling with your colleagues.  The Learning Pool team travels a lot.  Sometimes people travel alone, sometimes in pairs, occasionally the whole gang is on the move.  Travel stories form a big part of what we talk about around the campfire or when we all get together.  Spending a day with a colleague from 5am until 9.30pm and taking in two flights, 4 sales or customer meetings, a lot of train rides & cramming in your email & phone calls in around the edges – all under significant time pressures & frequently without enough to eat during the day – can put your working relationship under a bit of strain.

Funny when you think about it like that, isn’t it?  I’m lucky in that most of the people I usually travel with are easy company and a good laugh as well.  I’d love to hear your work travel stories.


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