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    Pretty Kitty

    I’m following up on an earlier post about my Mountain Kitty training. Within the first several minutes of class I found that you shouldn’t call the operating system “OS X” but “OS Ten”, neither should you refer to the key with an Apple logo on it as the “Apple Key”. I also learned through sad experience that the icon with a gear on is should not be referred to as a “gear icon”. With all of the faux outrage aside, I did enjoy learning about MAC OS and I liked several of the features that it had. I’m amazed that so much hype has been made about the OS – in the end it’s just…

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    Mountain Kitty

    In the quest for Device Independence, my team has taken on the requirement to support MAC devices in the enterprise. I admit freely that I am a Windows guy. After all, cut my teeth on Windows NT 4 and Netware 4.11 back in the day when it was cool to Netware certified. I committed to readying my team to be able to support the MAC operating system (snow kitty, mountain kitten, or whatever it is called these days) by a certain date and so I added my name to the list of people to attend the first round of classes. I figured that if I wanted other people to support the OS then I ought…

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    Another Business Trip

    I was in Moorpark CA this past week, visiting the largest plant that we support at work. It’s amazing how beautiful and different California is compared to North Carolina.

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    Change: The Source of Politics

    In his recent book, Unleashing the Power of IT, Dan Roberts said something about office politics that really made me think.  He said: “Where there’s technology, there’s change, and where there’s change, there will be people who perceive themselves a winners or losers. That’s where politics begin.” If there is anything true about technology, it is that technology will always involve change.  For most of my career, I’ve been keenly aware of the effect IT has with change, and conversely, the effect that change has on an IT project specifically. I started my IT career working in a union environment where I learned that if you wanted the project to succeed, you had to gain…

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    Conflicting Advice

    I was reading an article entitle Hiring Manager’s Brain Exposed on The Ladders by Lisa Vaas.  The title was interesting enough so when I clicked on the link I was half exposing to see thermal colored images of the brain as the hiring manager read a candidate’s resume or conducted an interview.  Needless to say, I was disappointed when I didn’t see any pictures. I read the article and initially thought the advice given on a short and sweet cover letter was relevant and even important.   The article stated the tried and true advice that cover letters should be focused on the job requirements and memorable.   A good cover letter seeks to do two things:…

Career Mentor

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Change: The Source of Politics

In his recent book, Unleashing the Power of IT, Dan Roberts said something about office politics that really made me think.  He said: “Where there’s technology, there’s change, and where there’s change, there will be people who perceive themselves a winners or losers. That’s where politics begin.” If there is anything true about technology, it is that technology will always involve change.  For most of my career, I’ve been keenly aware of the effect IT has with change, and conversely, the effect that change has on an IT project specifically. I started my IT career working in a union environment where I learned that if you wanted the project to succeed, you had to gain…

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Conflicting Advice

I was reading an article entitle Hiring Manager’s Brain Exposed on The Ladders by Lisa Vaas.  The title was interesting enough so when I clicked on the link I was half exposing to see thermal colored images of the brain as the hiring manager read a candidate’s resume or conducted an interview.  Needless to say, I was disappointed when I didn’t see any pictures. I read the article and initially thought the advice given on a short and sweet cover letter was relevant and even important.   The article stated the tried and true advice that cover letters should be focused on the job requirements and memorable.   A good cover letter seeks to do two things:…

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Values

Before you can build a personal marketing plan, you have to first determine what it is you want out of life.  At first you may wonder what does this have to do with finding a job, but hopefully after you finish reading this section you will begin to see that it has everything to do with it.  The biggest question you need to answer is “what is my purpose in life”. I know plenty of questions are floating around in your head right now.  These might include: Why do you need to answer such an all-encompassing question in order to find a job?  Why do you need to start with such a large question?  How…

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Attitude

As I’ve considered this topic, I’ve been reminded of the following Butchism: “Attitude determines latitude”.   Like most Butchisms, this nugget of simple truth wasn’t created by my mentor, just used enough by him in my presence to engrain it into my mind.  The core principal behind this three word phrase is this: how you decide to react in a given situation greatly influences the outcome of that situation. Have you ever noticed that when you are having a particularly great day, meaning that everything seems to go right for you, when something bad happens you find yourself saying, “It doesn’t matter, nothing can mess up this day”?  How about the opposite?  Our outlook on the…

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The Pomelo Principal

In our last discussion of elements of a personal marketing plan, we identified the product attributes that we needed to understand.  Many of you may be tempted to skim this part of the Personal Marketing Plan and move on.  Please don’t.  I admit, reading about attitudes, values, visions, and missions doesn’t sound all that sexy.  The reason for this is that most of us have already heard about the concepts at least once in our lifetime and many of us have heard about them several times.  As humans, we tend to take complex theories, ideas, and concepts and create a model for them.  I found a wonderful object lesson on the Internet a few years…

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The Social Contract

When my grandparents grew up, they were raised with the notion that if they worked hard, stuck it out long enough with one employer, then they would be taken care of in their later years as a reward for their loyalty and service.  My first “real job” was with a Fortune 100 company and located in a manufacturing facility that had been around for a little over 40 years.  During the seven years that I worked there, I attended a large number of Anniversary Parties in which the company presented veteran employees with diamond watches, grandfather clocks, and other such mementoes as a way to thank them for their long years of service. I remember…

Leadership Mentor

Pulled Old Network - Moorpark

Change: The Source of Politics

In his recent book, Unleashing the Power of IT, Dan Roberts said something about office politics that really made me think.  He said: “Where there’s technology, there’s change, and where there’s change, there will be people who perceive themselves a winners or losers. That’s where politics begin.” If there is anything true about technology, it is that technology will always involve change.  For most of my career, I’ve been keenly aware of the effect IT has with change, and conversely, the effect that change has on an IT project specifically. I started my IT career working in a union environment where I learned that if you wanted the project to succeed, you had to gain…

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A Lesson from a McDonalds Franchise Owner

During a recent business trip, I stopped by a local McDonalds to grab a quick bite to eat.  My stomach was on east coast time even though the restaurant was operating on a west coast clock.  The place was almost deserted and I couldn’t help but notice the stacks of official looking documents in front of three sharply dressed individuals.  I glanced up at a plaque hanging by the door of the establishment and read that the franchise owner and operator was Debbie (name purposely changed).  From the conversation I overheard I assumed that Debbie was the outspoken female at the other table. With nothing to do as I ate my Big Mac, I decided…

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The Value of a Picture

I once had a conversation with a very close and dear friend of mine concerning a picture of his kids that he always kept in a certain spot on his desk.  The question started formulating after several years of watching my colleague move from one office to another and each time finding a place of honor for this picture. The picture consisted of three kids, maybe eight or ten years old between them, smiling and laughing at the fun they were having swimming together in some random undisclosed pool or body of water. Knowing that my friend only had two children and that both of them had grown up and had children of their own,…

Contracts

The Social Contract

When my grandparents grew up, they were raised with the notion that if they worked hard, stuck it out long enough with one employer, then they would be taken care of in their later years as a reward for their loyalty and service.  My first “real job” was with a Fortune 100 company and located in a manufacturing facility that had been around for a little over 40 years.  During the seven years that I worked there, I attended a large number of Anniversary Parties in which the company presented veteran employees with diamond watches, grandfather clocks, and other such mementoes as a way to thank them for their long years of service. I remember…

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Authorita (Pronounced: ah-THOHR-uhTAH)

There is a quote that I like that states: “We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion”. I remember my first shot at authority.  While in high school I worked as a bagger and cashier for a regional grocery store.  I became friends with the Assistant Customer Service Manager who thought it would be a good idea to promote me to an office worker so we could talk more.  With a five cent raise I took over as FEAST (Front End Assistant) 5 position. I thought I…