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Month: December 2016

Leadership Lessons from Princess Leia

Leadership Lessons from Princess Leia

The tragic passing of Carrie Fisher this week caused me to reflect on why her iconic Star Wars role as Princess Leia has made such a tremendous impact on so many. I think the core reason is that she defied and redefined what it means to be a Princess. While many identify her as an icon for empowering women as leaders, these lessons are for every aspiring leader, male and female. Transcend Your Entitlement Leia was born a Princess, but…

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DevOps Needs Transformational Leadership

DevOps Needs Transformational Leadership

DevOps is a big buzzword in the world of enterprise technology nowadays. I won’t get into the history and methodology, so you are unfamiliar with DevOps, you can read all about it here. As with all subjects I discuss on this blog, I will be looking specifically at the leadership aspects of DevOps. Why do we need DevOps? Well, DevOps is basically about Development and Operations working well together. Who wouldn’t be in favor of that? Why is that such…

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If You Read One Book: Linchpin: Are You a Indispensable?

If You Read One Book: Linchpin: Are You a Indispensable?

I’ve read a lot of leadership books. I’ve read each of them exactly once, except for one. There is one book that has challenged my thinking and shaped what I believe about the nature of work more than any other book I’ve read. I’ve read it, re-read it, and re-read it again because there is wisdom there that I still need to fully grasp and integrate into my work-life. The book I’m talking about is Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by…

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The Future of Infrastructure Technology

The Future of Infrastructure Technology

This week, I attended the Gartner Data Center Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference. There are a lot of great reasons to go to a conference like this. It’s good to network with peers and see the latest vendor technologies in-action. The reason I went is because I wanted to look into the future. One of the key roles I play as a technology leader is to see the future, then prepare my organization and the company at-large for what’s coming…

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Tips for Building and Maintaining a Reading Habit

Tips for Building and Maintaining a Reading Habit

It’s common knowledge that successful leaders are well-read. I didn’t always have a habit of reading. The decade between when I finished my undergrad and when I started graduate school, I probably read two to three books in total. It just wasn’t a priority. When I was in graduate school for three and a half years, I had to read books at a clip of about one per week. And they were thick. I like learning and I like reading,…

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