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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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Understanding Business Stakeholders

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Khalil Gibran As I speak to many co-workers who have younger children I often think about my experiences as a parent. Having two kids I have a shared understanding and empathy. The many stages you go through with children bring about great learning […]

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More than a paycheck: Salary and Benefits

Technology has long been a sector that is paid well. With that though comes some pressure to perform and figure out some challenging problems. I would say each company is different in how they pay. Some companies just essentially have their salary where others offer stock options or other benefits. In a phrase, we could […]

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How does technology work in an organization?

As you start your career in technology you might wonder about the big picture. How do all the pieces work together? What does the CIO do? How does the CTO fit into the picture? Depending on where you come into the technology organization you may have different vantage points. My first role was a “Programmer/Analyst” […]

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Building to the Vision

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. Ayn Rand When I first started my leadership journey I had grand visions that I would inspire great things. This thought was a little bit down the road. Before we can make changes we need […]

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Starting your Leadership Journey

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton Great leaders make it look easy. They keep things moving without you knowing all the effort it takes. When you get a chance to be a leader you […]

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Finding out what works for you

“Once you admit to yourself that you can’t manage time and that you can only manage yourself, and you accept that there is more to do than you can ever possibly do, a new strategy emerges: prioritizing.” Rory Vaden The strategies for managing your time range from basic to extreme. Some people find the Getting […]

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