The Worker's Page

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The Worker's page is a new place in the vinceunlimited universe where I can collate all the relevant stuff from the site for a particular type of professional, in this case the working, business sort.

In time this page will be fully populated with all the worker and business related content found within the vinceunlimited site.

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Below are the first of the relevant articles originally written and published between 2003 and 2006 in the original versions of the vinceunlimited and vincepoynter websites.

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.123 30 May 2018
First Published: Version m5.030 4 Dec 2017
Earliest article: Dated from Version 1.00 in Oct 2003

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Executive Summary - Genius Rights - Remaining Unlimited - Vince Poynter's Formal Work - Word Minutes Template - Work Musing

Executive Summary

Extract from 'Well Executed', a blog article from the vinceunlimited website.

...One reason for my re-assignment is the imminent conclusion of a current task that I have been working on for a client.

The last job to be done is create an Executive Summary compiling all the raw data that I have produced over the last few months.

Whilst doing this I was moved to consider why they are called Executive Summaries.

Surely an Executive, having achieved such a high rank, must be able to absorb facts and data in a manner better than others.

Therefore the summation should be entitled Idiot Summary.

I feel the fact that it isn't proves the real ability of Executives.

[Check out the Blog section if you are interested in the rest of this blog post - Note: non-business related]


Author: Vince Poynter
An 'extract' from the vinceunlimited Blog article 'Well Executed' version m5.117 dated 22 May 2018
Blog Article First Published: Version 2.02 29 Sep 2005

Genius Rights

Extract from 'Genius Rights', a blog article from the vinceunlimited website.

My own brand of genius emerged again today.

I have been tasked with assembling some notes about my client's current business practices. As part of this I have to jot down some ideas for efficiency improvements, a task that an idea's man like me can relish.

However, to me, this raises interesting questions about intellectual property ownership.

Normally IP will reside with the company, provided such IP is undertaken by the company but my circumstances are slightly different.

As a self-employed man, working through a third party my role is fairly rigidly defined.

I am certainly not directly contracted to the company I am working in and have not been employed with my novel abilities in mind. I am just contracted to do a standard day to day job efficiently.

So if I bring in my own brand of innovation the company I am working for will benefit unduly. And you can be sure there is no process to reward such special talent. I can't even complete the company staff suggestion form and claim my pony because as a contractor I am ineligible.

But if I don't exercise my full potential I will be cheating the world of my input. This is why I'll go only so far but not all out.

Again, my natural talents defused and demeaned.

So to my idea. Well after all that it doesn't seem so great. They can have it.

In many ways you have just had the best bit.

[Check out the Blog section if you are interested in the rest of this blog post - Note: non-business related]


Author: Vince Poynter
An 'extract' from the vinceunlimited Blog article 'Genius Rights' version m5.123 dated 30 May 2006
Blog Article First Published: Version 2.03 25 May 2006

Remaining Unlimited

Following a close friend's change of job recently and his necessary formation of a limited company to serve the position I resurrected thoughts about my own position.

Professionally I work as a sole trader (self-employed) but could form a company to trade through just as many of my work colleagues do. However a call to my accountant friend dispelled any myths about saving tax and threw doubt about the promises of limited liability.

This all meant that the novel company name I created yesterday was now redundant. Shame. It was surprisingly difficult thinking up a relevant, short and memorable name that was not previously registered in Companies House and could be purchased as a .com or web address.

But I did manage it.

Well, did you expect otherwise?


Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.106 25 Apr 2018
First Published: Version 2.02 20 Sep 2005

Vince Poynter Work

A Brief History of My Employment

1978 to 2005

A photo of the author's busy wooden working desk showing a chair with jacket over the back, files, drawing rolls and telephone
The busy office desk of a Heating Engineer in the late seventies

I received a formal office based apprenticeship with a medium sized heating company where I learnt all required skills from estimation to commissioning and final accounting of industrial and commercial mechanical services projects.

As a Mechanical Services Engineer my duties included specification interpretation, basic design, draughting, sub-contract negotiation, site meeting attendance, quantity surveying including budget control, commissioning and documentation preparation.

I single-handedly supervised contracts varying between ten thousand to three-and-a-half million pounds in value.

Within this period I sought further experience and set out to find additional challenge. I worked outside the industry in sales and marketing for a while but no clear opportunities developed so I took an offer to rejoin the construction industry again, then moving to a leading player in the market.

Shortly after this the Managing Director of a heating and plumbing company, who wanted to start a mechanical services division, approached me. My experience within the commercial building services market was called upon to create a department from inception.

I was given a free hand and within the three years of running the department as a General Manager I autonomously ran more than forty contracts won from valuing over two-hundred tenders, turning over half a million pounds and making a small profit after start up costs.

With the company I honed new skills including labour recruitment, supervision, training and termination, department budgeting, finding and developing client relationships and accountancy.

I initiated quarterly and yearly departmental financial and progress reports and was instrumental in helping the company grow from a small poorly administered outfit to a vibrant professional concern by encouraging staff meetings, standardising and tidying presentation techniques and developing CDM and Investors in People formats.

Despite my development of new contacts such as the local University and the national Gas Company it became clear that my hopes and expectations from the department exceeded the financial risk that one of the directors was prepared to take.

I chose to join a better-funded organisation to improve my personal reward and commenced work with another southern based, mechanical services company overseeing several contemporaneous projects as a Contracts Manager. This included sole commercial and engineering responsibility for projects.

The author sits at his working desk, on the phone with a laptop opened in front of him.  A large photocopier is seen in the background under the window.
The job had similarities but the technology had developed

In 1999 I decided to develop the professional side of my skills and seek new contacts in a more commercial environment within a more stimulating and progressive field.

I choose to work through a London based company and became self employed to maximise my potential. This enabled me to respond better to a modernising market.

Most of my work [in 2005] was carried out for a respected London based group of companies, as a Senior Contracts Consultant. They had provided continual work for me since March 1999.

My duties had been varied and I encouraged my client to offer me a wide range of assignments. The projects were within the contractual and commercial sector often with high profile clients, usually within a team.

I had been engaged in prestigious multi-million pound contracts, dealing with issues such as valuing multi-million pound variation accounts, researching contractual documentation, asset surveying, setting company bonus schemes and working with legal departments on claims and adjudication cases.

I continued to seek interesting opportunities to enhance my client base and personal development.

As an illustration of this, at the beginning of 2003 I was appointed as a specialist planner, working with Primavera P3, for an eminent E and M company within the rail industry.

I now had over a year’s specific experience working with specialist planning software both on new programming and time slice analysis as part of sub-contract claims.

Further, my latest assignment in 2005 was working as a Quantity Surveyor involved in track replacement on the London underground network for a major construction group.

A Summary of My Skills and Experience

  • 20 years project planning, engineering and commercial management within the Mechanical and Electrical industry, including working as an independent Project Manager

  • Commercial skills include contractual correspondence, variations and claims - Disruption and Loss and Expense (Quantity Surveying), with knowledge of adjudication

  • Procurement, planning, resourcing and supervision (including using proprietary software – Primavera P3, Powerproject/TeamPlan and MS Project)

  • Design, calculations, co-ordination and drawing (manual and CAD)

  • Client liaison, arranging meetings

  • Public speaking and event organisation

  • Sub-contractor selection, negotiation and supervision

  • Ability to decipher and interpret legal and contractual documentation

  • Technical documentation writing (Operating and Maintenance, CDM, Health and Safety)

  • High competency of spreadsheet calculations, desktop publication, databases and word processors

  • Estimation and financial skills within the tendering environment

  • Recruitment, employment, setting and administering bonus schemes plus training

  • Computer literacy including internet understanding, webpage creation using source codes (this whole site is hand coded in HTML), basic networking and problem solving

  • Specialist Building Services, construction and rail industry experience

  • Management skills including budget control, staff relations and report writing

Selective Work Assignments

A selection of the major roles that I carried out and the projects that I worked on.

  • 1978/1982 - Technician Heating Engineer [Apprenticeship]

  • 1982/1984 - Various temporary works, then Warehousing and Sales

  • 1984/1993 - Mechanical Services Engineer

  • 1993 – Part time Consultancy Engineering

  • 1993/1994 - Project Engineer

  • 1994/1997 - General Manager [Mechanical Services Department]

  • 1997/1999 - [Mechanical and Electrical] Contracts Manager

Self Employed Contracting

List of the major contracts I worked on as a self-employed Contracts Consultant.

  • 1999 - London Underground Jubilee Line Extension Claim Calculations

  • 2000/1 - Asset Registration in Retail and Banking

  • 2001 - Administration of Bonus Scheme on two major Tower Construction Contracts in Canary Wharf

  • 2002 - Setting Up Bonus Scheme for a main Mechanical Services Company

  • 2002 - Adjudication Research for a Sub-Contractor Claim within a large London Property Development Site

  • 2003 - Planner as part of the London Kings Cross Underground Re-development

  • 2003 - Extension of Time Analysis following Building Services Construction at St George's Hospital

  • 2004/5 - Quantity Surveyor for Metronet Rail Infrastructure

  • 2005 - Claim Preparation following Building Services Construction at St. Charles Hospital, Kensington


Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.082 15 Mar 2018
First Published: Version 1.00 in Mar 2005
Selective Work Assignments added: Version 1.01 in Apr 2005
Selective Work Assignments added: Version m5.082 15 Mar 2018
The first image is of the author's working desk taken around 1979 and was added in Version m5.080 on 9 Mar 2010
The other image is of the author working during the early noughties and was added in Version m5.080 on 9 Mar 2010

Word Minutes Template

Take a minute to read this

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I've been looking for over 120 seconds now. There must some minutes in here somewhere

The thing with big software applications is that they are so well developed that they are often hard to fault.

Thousands of pounds and man-hours go into producing a top class product worthy of the fortune you have to spend on it.

Or rather thousands of dollars, because let's face it. The yanks have got it all tied up.

So when I came across a need for an elementary layout in a powerful popular application I was surprised by its omission.

Microsoft Word '97 doesn't have a standard template for minutes.

How did this occur? Surely when they were beta testing the product they would have held meetings.

And minuted them.

Have I discovered a secret here? Do they use Lotus Ami-Pro in Seattle? We should be told.

By the way, I have created a template myself. If you need a copy, send me a request.

And if Bill Gates is reading this. Get in touch. You'll find my hourly rate very reasonable. Compared to yours.


Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.030 4 Dec 2017
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003 and reproduced here in full, unedited
The tags were added in Version m5.030 4 Dec 2017, along with the image which depicts a Windows XP desktop with multiple windows open

Work Musing

Extract from 'Work Musing', a blog article from the vinceunlimited website.

Have to attend a work related interview today and it has made me think again about my career.

I work in the construction industry, not through choice but fate. I despise everything about it but year on year the fiscal reward has been growing.

I dislike the way that it limits creativity, is a male dominated, brutish, dirty environment and now only concerns itself with money.

Service and pride have become lost concepts and the industry is full of parasitic consultants. I should know, I work as one!

I work mainly through one agency and they pitch my skills to suit the job - I have become a specialist in nothing more than fitting into any role they ask.

Whilst this provides interesting variations in an otherwise tedious job it does prevent me from climbing up away from my present level into further management. A role I would be much more suited for, mainly because that is where all the hyperbole I have learnt on the way would be of most use.

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Author: Vince Poynter
An 'extract' from the vinceunlimited Blog article 'Work Musing' version m5.104 dated 23 Apr 2018
Blog Article First Published: Version 2.02 8 Sep 2005