I am reading loads of blogs from colleagues on their way. My own team are chatting about luggage and are all cheerful and looking forward to meeting the whole group in Casablanca tomorrow!
There is another team going to India just a week or two after us. Reading one of their blogs I realize how fast ones mind actually moves from phase to phase. They have just been informed about their projects and have so many questions about that. We have gone to the next step, we know a bit about our projects and have started to think about them in a more constructive way.
I am constantly being asked what I will do and when I tell people I always add that I am way out of my comfort zone, and there will be a discussion on that topic. Especially with IBM colleagues. The more we talk the more I realize that what we are doing is of course very special, but there is still an element of this in our every day life when working within a company like IBM. We always work in multi-cultural teams. We work for many years with people from other countries that we never even meet. Changes and new set-ups are business as usual for us and learning new things is also something that is constantly ongoing. So we are all well prepared.
And on top of that, I am 100% convinced that we will all do our very very best. That is a great start!
One of my best colleagues and her sweet daughter gave me a present. The prettiest notebook . I will make sure to use it every day. I dont want to forget a thing that I learn
Today is the last call with the team. Next time we speak it will be face to face! Exiting.
During the whole project we have been trained, informed and prepared for this adventure! As previous calls I am impressed with the organisation behind us. We have the best possible back up and all kind of eventualities are being covered. As our tutor is telling us it might feel a bit overwhelming, being used to travel on your own. But this is different, we are not going on a vacation, we are on an assignment and we need to think a little different.
My bag is packed!!
I am usually a hopeless packer. Things are packed in the last minute and have no idea how much I will bring. But this time I am super organised! Feels great to have it all ready, all the printed materials we need to bring is sitting in nice binders, checklist is done and I am surprising both my family and myself with this behaviour! I might be going through a personality change
You know the saying.. when you are pregnant, the city is full of prams! Because you only see what you want to see. Before the pregnancy you never saw those prams.
With three days to go all I see are articles on voluntary work, trip recommendations to Morocco and I cannot stop reading the blogs created by my team members.
Today this article took up all my breakfast time. Great writing about teamwork that matters. If you have time, read it.
Here are links to some of the blogs of my soon-to-be best friends
Danielle from Canada: http://ibmcsc-morocco6.blogspot.se/
Kavya from India: https://84degreeswest.wordpress.com/
Tany from Mexico: http://dissocupiedtany.blogspot.se/
Sarah from Canada: https://sarahpowertravels.wordpress.com/
Samantha from Brazil: https://saminp.wordpress.com/
Juan from Argentina: https://juaniet.wordpress.com
and a few more with no blogs so far. All together 12 people
If you want to know more about the over program, here is the introduction page where you can see current updates from twitter and other teams going out at the same time.
Yesterday we had our first telephone meeting with our client. When I hung up from the call I was even more enthusiastic about our project. Our contact person was a very pleasant man and we focused on introducing ourselves and not many details on the project.
However, we are all so keen to understand what we are expected to deliver so the little information we got about the project was like candy to us. KPI… long term strategy.. HR….
We will meet Mr Chater on the very formal introduction meeting together with all the other organisations and volunteers on our first working day in Casablanca. Guess that will be one big day for all of us!
#ibmcsc #morocco6 #morocco
We have now been informed about our projects! This is something we have all been waiting for and now we know. I am not sure which is worst – to wait for the information or to know what is expected
I will be one of three IBMers working with a Moroccan government institution that facilitates investment and business creation in the Casablanca region. We are asked to create a strategic plan to enhance organizational capacity across all divisions.
This is definately not part of my day to day job and I honestly admit that I felt nervous and insufficent when I read the description of the project. But at the same time I also got information about with whom I will be working with and that was good knowledge. Fabian and Samy will be great coworkers and together we will be a good team.
One of my favourite colleagues at home has also been away on a CSC-project and she said she had the same feeling. Did she?? She is a colleague that I admire a lot, and she had the same doubts? Ok.. then I guess most of us have had our doubts. I will just do my very very best and hope that is enough
This will be such an experience!