Author Archive | Tom

Participate and Share

Participation, I think, or one of the best methods of educating. Tom Glazer In preschool and kindergarten, we spend a lot of time teaching how to share. Depending on a kids family size this can be easier for some. My older brother is five years older. By the time I came along he thought he […]

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Branding through the community

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. Rollo May Our brand is built by the community we create and affect. Whether we formally join groups to the informal groups we join and participate these are parts of our brand. As a youth, I had a friend who made some poor […]

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Your online brand with LinkedIn

When I first graduated from college many years ago a resume was an important job search tool. Today with LinkedIn it has become relegated to a second-class document. It seems easier to use LinkedIn to capture your career snapshot, accomplishments, and connections. I still run into people who don’t have an account or an orphaned […]

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It is all in the performance

“How you do anything is how you do everything” As a big sports fan, I know how important the performance is. I wish I could say I have been impressed by my Chicago Bears football team. Their performance this year has been lacking. I am honestly rooting for a good draft pick at this point. […]

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Building Your Personal Brand

The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity, and accountability. Simon Mainwaring We each have a personal brand. Some of us work on building it while others may just let it happen. It helps to be conscious of the parts that make up your personal brand. Most of my technology friends may ignore this […]

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It is great to be here!

We are lucky to be knowledge workers and in such a healthy industry. Greg Jensen The technology sector has many great jobs to choose from. According to CompTIA there are 6.7 million people working in the US Technology sector. “A U.S. tech industry worker averages an annual wage of $105,400 compared to $51,600 for the […]

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Your Most Valuable Asset

Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying Yes too quickly and not saying No soon enough. Josh Billings I have to say as middle-aged man I have learned a few things about how hard I can push myself. With job, family, and few side pursuits, we need to take care […]

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Programmers Be Crazy!

A few years after the movie Office Space came out my brother-in-law told me I had to see it. “This is your life.” he mentioned somewhat tongue in cheek. Since he is a dentist he felt he could make fun of those of us who work in offices… In the movie, the boss of a […]

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Operations and Security Pitfalls

Operations of technology from an outsiders perspective seems quite mundane. I once heard someone refer to it as the “feeding and watering of the servers.” Like a rancher that just checks on the cattle, right! I think that might be painting an easy picture. Where in real life there are a lot of issues to […]

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Common Engineer Issues

Working as a software engineer for many years I have heard many of these refrains. In fact, I have said many of these too. We seem to get fixated on certain things and complain about them. Growing up in a small town developers are similar to farmers who every time they meet complain about the […]

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