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Month: April 2017

There is No Spoon: Leadership Lessons from The Matrix

There is No Spoon: Leadership Lessons from The Matrix

The Matrix is one of my all-time favorite movies. The post-apocalyptic cyberpunk style mixed with the philosophical depth and ground-breaking effects all add up to a monumental achievement. It’s influence on pop-culture remains ever-present today, which is shocking considering it was released 18 years ago. Come to think of it, 1999 was a darn good year for movies. Fight Club came out that year, which I’ve written about here. For a while after The Matrix’s release, it was popular to…

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How to Recruit Talent and Build a Team

How to Recruit Talent and Build a Team

I’ve written often about how to build and maintain a healthy team culture. The context for all of that is the team you have. Sometimes you need to recruit and hire a team. The reasons for that are various. Perhaps your organization is going through a growth spurt. Perhaps your organization is going in a new direction and you need a new mix of skills. Besides the routine one-at-a-time hiring that we all do as a normal course of business,…

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Negotiation Lessons for Technologists

Negotiation Lessons for Technologists

Some people are natural negotiators and others are not. I fall into the latter category. I don’t enjoying buying cars, wheeling and dealing on Craigslist, or haggling with a street vendor when I’m on vacation in a third-world country. All of these scenarios bring me significant stress, and some degree of anxiety. My wife, Wendy, on the other hand, gets a huge thrill of adrenaline whenever she can talk a salesperson down to their bottom basement price. I’m glad I…

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Ode to Admin Rights: A Farewell to Arms

Ode to Admin Rights: A Farewell to Arms

In the world of enterprise technology there is a pecking order. It all comes down to who has domain admin rights, and who does not. I started my career working on a help desk and then eventually into desktop support. Early on, I wasn’t trusted with such rights, and I didn’t need them to do my job. Even though that made good sense for me to not have any more permissions than I needed, I still longed for that power….

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