The new team leader for Learning Technologies Support (the renamed Audio Visual Department) arrived yesterday, and is busy getting to grips with his new job. Jean-Luc Devis comes from Washington on the US west coast, and has a strong track record in management in the printing industry. Transferring his organisational skills to AV support shouldn't be a problem; what the people actually do may differ, but the mix of long term planning, and rapid reaction in emergencies, will be familiar to him.
I'll be spending a fair bit of time with him for the next 3 or 4 days, but by the middle of next week he'll be well organised and starting to make his mark. In the meantime, like all transplanted Americans, he has to get used to all the unspoken differences; weather that changes every day, light switches that work the wrong way, walking on the left, getting into the wrong side of a car - and the Kiwi accent.
I'll then return to my real job, after being half time, or less, since Easter. I've been keeping up with support work, but planning and projects have been on hold, and now need to be revived. And we'll take a short skiing holiday.