Keeping Perspective: What Are You Building?

Keeping Perspective: What Are You Building?
Think about your responsibilities at work for a minute. How many do you have? Can you even name them all?   As technical professionals, we have a myriad of responsibilities This is especially true in today’s economy when so many of us are being asked to do more with less. It’s easy to get caught up in our daily tasks... Read More

How To Choose A Topic For Speaking

How To Choose A Topic For Speaking
“The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.” observed Academy Award winning movie producer George Jessel. I think there is some truth to that for many of us. As a regular speaker at conferences, SQLSaturdays, and other organizations, I’m often asked about public speaking. Some ask about... 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