Do you manage for the sprint, or the marathon? Hello everyone! Do you manage for the sprint?...or .... Do you manage for the marathon?… or ... Do you manage for the race? What is a sprint? Imagine a Summer Olympics bicycle sprint race around a track. The racers are poised on their bikes. Their leg muscles are tense. Their hearts are pounding. Their muscles are ready to consume incredible amounts of energy and oxygen. Their heads are … [Read more...] about #90 How Do You Manage?
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The difference that makes the difference Hello everyone! Last week I attended two very interesting and significant events. In the morning I attended the commemoration of NASA Ames Research Center as an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Historical Site, honoring all the great work that has been accomplished at that world-renowned facility. Work in the areas of aeronautics, astronautics, computation, spacecraft and … [Read more...] about #89 Keeping Your Job
What is an Un-Conference and can it help? Hello everyone! The Un-Conference This weekend I had the opportunity to attend an "un-conference" for freelancers. While I am not a freelancer, I thought it would be interesting to attend an un-conference and see how they work. For those of you who have not attended an "un-conference", they work this way. A group of people arrive at an event. (In this case we arrived between 8 AM and 9 AM.) The … [Read more...] about #88 Un-Conferences Can Be…
Hello everyone! This week I was interviewed by Dice (the IT job portal) for an upcoming on-line resource they are preparing to assist young IT professionals in advancing their careers. I was asked what my three top suggestions were for IT professionals who wanted to advance their IT career. We ended the interview on the topic of what makes a good coach or mentor. The interview got me thinking about how to select a really good mentor and/or … [Read more...] about #87 Finding a Mentor and Coach
"You are worth gold!" Hello everyone! Two or three weeks ago I received this comment to one of my blog postings that read, in part, as follows: "My question is how do I get back to a position of manager vs IC? (Individual Contributor) When new managers came into play - change happened and because I had the safety of a paycheck I became and now am an IC. However I am unhappy and I would like a suggestion on how I can get back to a … [Read more...] about #86 It’s Easy To Become a Technical Manager
"Engineers Are Natural Leaders--Say What?" Hello everyone! I know this week's blog may cause some controversy but I've got to put this out there because by being silent, I believe it's only making the situation worse. You see, recently I had dinner with a friend of mine. During the conversation he made a comment that nearly required that someone administer the Heimlich maneuver to me. I was chewing on some delicious French bread when he … [Read more...] about #85 Engineers Are Natural Leaders