What Does a Good Mentor Do For You?

What Does a Good Mentor Do For You?
Not long ago, John Sansom (Twitter | Blog) kicked off a SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by asking 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question: “If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?” I wrote up my Advice for the Aspiring DBA post here, while John collected the entire set of responses here within the DBA JumpStart collection. Part... Read More

When IT Pros Must Work With a Micromanaging Boss

When IT Pros Must Work With a Micromanaging Boss
Imagine you’re working on a new project.  It’s an important project and its success will be a big win for the organization.  You were chosen for the job because of your competency, skill, and effectiveness.  You get things like this done all the time and have a track record for pulling it off.  Now that the project is underway, you’re... Read More

Why Do IT Pros Make Awful Managers?

Why Do IT Pros Make Awful Managers?
(This FITP article is cross-posted from Kevin Kline’s professional blog at http://KevinEKline.com). I’m being a little bit incendiary with that title.  Many IT pros grow into very good managers.  But it almost never comes naturally. It takes hard work and many hard won lessons before most of us ever achieve a degree of skill and comfort with managing other people.  Thinking about... Read More

Do You Have One of “the Three W’s” to Sit on a Board of Directors?

Do You Have One of “the Three W’s” to Sit on a Board of Directors?
Republished from http://KevinEKline.com. Kevin was a founding board member and chair of PASS, an international IT professional association with hundreds of chapters worldwide and nearly one hundred thousand members. Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat – I’m not typing “Board of Directors” repeatedly throughout this blog post.  It’s just too much typing.  BoD will have to do. ... Read More