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: firstname.lastname@example.org > [mailto:email@example.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. __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get email at your own domain with Yahoo! Mail. http://personal.mail.yahoo.com/ +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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