• Subject: RE: Value of COMMON
  • From: DanDaFourOOMan <danda400man@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 07:22:03 -0800 (PST)

Thanks for the replies, Don & Janet!

Don, I never said it was the "company's *only* litmus
test".  Obviously, I can (and will) extol how happy
I'll be if I'm given this opportunity to learn.

Let's put it this way, should I go to my boss and ask
for a paid week in Hawaii in the middle of February so
I can recharge and remain, or become, happy?  No,
that's what vacation time is for.

Here's what I expect to hear when I request a trip to
COMMON: "Why?  What can you learn there THAT WILL OR
COULD APPLY TO OUR COMPANY that you can't learn at a
less expensive, closer conference, or via online, or
via books, or via IBM education, etc., etc.?"  In my
mind, these are valid questions.  I am asking for
specifics that allow me to get past the "giddiness" or
the excitement that would preclude me from giving the
decision makers the best information that would
persuade them to go along with this.  Would it be fair
to suggest to them that, given our current situation
(as described in previous posts), COMMON would give us
the biggest bang for the buck?

Thanks for your advice!

(Oh, and Don, I finally figured out how you used
memory, money, & sex in your reply - does this come
naturally to you? <g>)

--- "Schenck, Don" <Don.Schenck@pfizer.com> wrote:
> Pardon me ... but if a company's only litmus test
> for attending a conference
> is ROI ... then that's NOT a company *I* would want
> to work for ... good
> grammar or not! <grin>
> What's the ROI of, say, keeping a good employee
> happy??
> -- Don Schenck
>    Schenck Technical Consulting
>    DonS@SchenckTech.com / www.SchenckTech.com 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: jkrueger@andrewscg.com
> [mailto:jkrueger@andrewscg.com]
> > Sent: January 18, 2001 12:27 AM
> > To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> > Subject: Re: Value of COMMON
> > 
> > 
> > >> I went to the COMMON web site and printed
> several web 
> > pages ("What is
> > COMMON", "ROI", & "Benefits of Membership"), but I
> will need 
> > more specific
> > information as to how our company will benefit by
> my 
> > attending a COMMON
> > conference.  Especially on the ROI.

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