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Tips on presentations to large groups and why not to have them.

December 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

1. For your slides use high contrast text. For example, black text over a blue background IS NOT high contrast and is not readable from a distance. The colors that you see on your monitor when preparing your slides will likely appear much less saturated during your presentation particularly if you are using a projector. […]

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The Difference Between the Camera and the Photographer

November 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Dave Kokoska sent me a link to an article this morning by Ken Rockwell that I think is terrific and is certainly applicable to the issues we face in IT. Here’s a quote: You waste a lot of time worrying about your equipment and trying to afford better. After that first 20 years you finally […]

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Can You Hang With Giants Without Feeling Small?

October 1st, 2007 · 3 Comments

Years ago I knew a professional football player by the name of John Tait, currently of the Chicago Bears. John is an enormous guy and hanging out with him made me feel small. Iā€™m 6ā€™1ā€ and have never been less than 200 pounds as an adult, so feeling small was not something I took easily […]

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Most IT Jobs Are Like Deodorant

September 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Deodorant is an extremely important part of your life. You might not think so if you don’t use it, but trust me, your cubicle neighbors do! A few years ago I developed an allergic reaction to the deodorant I’d been using for about twenty years. My armpits turned red and swollen, and they stunk like […]

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Trusting Your Employees

September 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Read this article – Ivan Bowman of iAnywhere Solutions decided his telecommuting arrangement was leaving him out of touch with his co-workers. Since a 2000 km commute was out of the question, he came up with a different option: IvanAnywhere, a robot version of himself he could control from home but would roam around his […]

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Hey New Kid – This Ain’t Google

September 6th, 2007 · 2 Comments

How do you know if your IT job is part of the dark side? Are you employed by a corporation’s IT department? Well then, you’re in the dark side. Here is a list of some of the ways your corporate IT job is dramatically different from our cousins over at Google, Microsoft, and any other […]

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The Top 10% – Insights from Tom Simmons

August 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

Many organizations have compensation structures & processes that reward “high performance” employees more than regular joes. Usually, these high performers are a group of people with the performance ratings in the 90th percentile, or the top 10%. Conversely, some organizations automatically fire the bottom 10%. A few months ago, I was lucky enough to find […]

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It’s Better to Tell the Truth Poorly than to Lie Well

August 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

There are two experiences in my life that have shaped my views on honest, both in the workplace and at home, more than any other. The first experience happened in the first week of the first grade. By luck, I had the same first grade teacher as I had had in Kindergarten, Ms. Knockle (sic). […]

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Surviving Your New Boss

August 15th, 2007 · 3 Comments

In the May 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review, Surviving Your New CEO by Kevin P. Coyne and Edward J. Coyne, Sr. describes the fate of senior managers under a new CEO (bad, as a general rule) and steps senior managers can take to reduce their chances of getting punted like a squishy brown banana […]

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Courage

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

As I sat watching the movie 300, I wondered how this movie with such quotes as “We are with you sire! For Sparta, for freedom, to the death!” could be relevant to our lives in the IT world. Even though we’re currently ‘suffering’ compared to the booming Internet years, our careers seem to hold less […]

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