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Doing fieldwork in the name of science sometimes often has things in common with audits - tight deadlines are one of them. It's good to have a contingency plan if things don't work out at first. During our visit to plant bee traps we also inspected a set of marked coffee plants to see how their flowering action was progressing. Unfortunatley one of the plants wasn't ready for our visit as the flowers weren't out. Without flowers, there's not much that can be done, so we made a note to come back the next day to perform our observations. Our follow-up visit was more successful - I only have still photos from that element of the adventure, but "hand pollination" took place. Hot. If you build in time for "contingencies" - unplanned emergencies, your work, either in pure research, or in AuditLand, will be significantly less stressful! Let me know if you can hear the audio in these clips. I'm finding that the uploaded videos are awfully quiet - it's...
Posted: Apr 28 2010, 08:52 PM by Krupo | with no comments
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Suits and ties make my clients suspicious
Dressing up beyond business casual just makes me look silly , er, too professional. Although I work alongside bank auditors in the office - who often run around in suit and tie to match their client's idea of normal business attire - I'm an IT auditor, so it's golf or dress shirt and nice pants if I want to fit in at my client's offices. The last time I wore a suit to my client's office, they asked me if I was going to a job interview to quit for a competitor. No, it was a formal "power breakfast" I happened to be invited to. As you can tell by my recent videos , the suits are nowhere to be seen. Helping with scientific research in the coffee plantations of Costa Rica, the only reason to have a formal dress suit in your bags is because you flew directly here from a big fancy formal client meeting. Our field professor even told us that you have much more 'street cred' if your clothes are neatly stained by the fieldwork you've been conducting. Speaking...
Posted: Apr 27 2010, 09:39 PM by Krupo | with no comments
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