700 Days with an unexpected twist!

Today is my 700th day at AWS. Nice round number eh? 1 year, 11 months since I started! The team has grown, with new hires in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane (and Perth).  It’s been a wild ride, or should I say a wild ryde πŸ¦„.

Now, the twist is that my daughter Emma is starting today at AWS as an intern!

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Photographic proof – It’s Emma at AWS

If someone had told me that would be the case 700 days ago, I would not have believed it!  In retrospect it’s kinda obvious that this was going to happen.

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When Jeff met Emma

I’m sure she will have a lot to say about her day – but I just couldn’t resist a post to celebrate both milestones, as I join an exclusive group.

 


100 days, but still Day One

I’ve just hit 100 days with AWS.

It’s been a mix of on-boarding, travel, working with my team, learning what needs to be done, and culminated with a few days last week at AWS Summit in SYDNEY

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Looking back at my TripIt stats, it kinda says it all…..

2018 TRAVEL STATS
Trips 8
Days 38
Distance 54,682 km
Cities 7
Countries 4

 

Since starting the new role, I’ve been on the look out for a new avatar.Β  I had to leave my old ones, and I had been using a temporary one which I kinda liked (can anyone guess where it’s from?)

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So I need a new look.

I had a bright idea — I went to fiverr, and using the same photo, I got a few different avatars. I tried Simpsons style, Archer style, flat style, shadowy, artistic, cartoony, but I must admit I really really love the Bob’s Burger style –Β So that’s the one in the top left…Β  My family reckons is a good likeness too – it’s a keeper. Expect to see it everywhere

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And speaking of seeing it everywhere, I helped designed a burger for Royal Stacks (Yes i know right).Β  It’s called the QWERTY, and available only for the month of April! The burger is pretty awesome if I say so myself πŸ™‚ #AchievementUnlocked πŸ”

Now, one of the things that has really struck me is that Amazon, and therefore AWS, is that it is a bit “peculiar”. I like that, maybe because I’m a bit peculiar too. I’ve always felt like the odd one out. Now I feel I’m among “my” people, and the things that really contributes to this is the collection of Amazon Leadership Principles – they are not just a sign on a wall, but something used every day at Amazon. Some of these principles represent things that are inside a person (call it values if you will) and some are learnt behaviours. As a result, there’s a common sense of purpose, a common language, a virtual shorthand that unites everyone.

100 days down. Onwards to the next 100 days, and then the next after that. But, as they say at Amazon, it’s always Day One!

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