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I am not your usual corporate cadence person. I only tolerate face to face meetings if there's something that can be accomplished by thinking out loud, drawing on the white board, or splitting off into small teams to divide and conquer a bigger problem. I believe in regular, fact-filled communications. I'm not a fan of long staff meetings. Now that I have a global staff that reaches Seoul, Prague, St. Petersberg (Russia, not Florida), Menlo Park, New Jersey, Boston and soon, Dallas, I'm experimenting with time-space synchronization.

Last night was the first (and potentially last) late-night staff call. Trying to limit the number of badly timed calls per month, we rotate our conference call times, with last night's agenda starting at midnight EDT, early morning in eastern Europe and a pleasant mid-afternoon in Korea. This may work.

More important than communication among my staff is our communication to anyone with an interest, inside or outside of Sun. That's the whole point of transparency; you don't really care about the line items on a budget unless it means there's something new you can use as an employee, customer, developer, or partner of Sun's. In addition to my blog, Dan Berg, CTO for Global Sales and Services and the Vice President of Europe, Middle East and Africa Systems Engineering is in the mix, and today, SeChang Oh, Director of Asia-Pacific Systems Engineering added his voice. They represent the electronic face of Global Systems Engineering, and cross time zones and cultures much better than our own Late Night show posing as a staff meeting.

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