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Month: August 2016

Engineers and Politics: Rules for the Politically Challenged

Engineers and Politics: Rules for the Politically Challenged

There are few things that make an engineer’s guts churn like corporate politics. Let’s face it, engineers are pretty rational people for the most part. We like decisions that are made by reason and facts, not emotion or politics. But the reality of all enterprise-scale organizations is that politics play a part in the decision-making process at least some of the time. And that of course, irks us. While we understand that we will never find a politics-free workplace, we…

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Meatspace Networking for Cyberspace Network Engineers

Meatspace Networking for Cyberspace Network Engineers

This article is about networking. Actual in-person, human-to-human communication. You know, in meatspace. For the those of you that don’t know what meatspace is, I’ll define it for you: It’s real life. The term is derived from the Terry Bisson’s famous 1990 science fiction short story, They’re Made Out of Meat. As technology professionals, we live digital lives in cyberspace. Meatspace can be a special challenge. Let’s face it, we went into the technology profession because we like talking to…

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The Art of the Unintended: Hack All The Things

The Art of the Unintended: Hack All The Things

Hackers are bad, scary, criminal, and worst of all, they wear hoodies, right? Hackers don’t belong in enterprise technology teams, right? Wrong! Quick caveat: Don’t break laws. Don’t break corporate policy. Personally, I’ve been fascinated by hackers my whole life, probably since I first saw War Games. While I don’t consider myself a hacker, I’ve done some light hacking over the years. Shortly after I went to school and learned Windows networking, I visited a friend’s house and he showed me his new computer….

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Lead Like a Geek

Lead Like a Geek

Some technology leaders come from the business. Other technology leaders come-up through the ranks of technicians, engineers, and developers. For those of you in the second category, this article is all about how letting your “geek flag fly” can help you be a better leader. You may think that being a geek isn’t an advantage, and you need shed your geeky ways to fit in with the mainstream business leadership crowd. While aspects of that may be true, I’ll argue…

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Zach Talks Leadership on Hello Tech Pros Podcast

Zach Talks Leadership on Hello Tech Pros Podcast

I had a great opportunity to be a guest on the Hello Tech Pros Podcast with Chad Bostick.  We talked about what is cool about CHS.  We talked about the trouble with bad bosses and how servant leadership is the right approach.  We talked at length about the #RulesforAdvancement, specifically going from Newbie to Tech Lead, and from Tech Lead to Manager. Listen to this episode here: http://hellotechpros.com/zach-hughes-leadership/ Subscribe to the Hello Tech Pros podcast for all around good advice for…

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