Category Archives for "Self-Management"

Remote Work: Is Anybody Watching?

How to keep your career on track while working remotely. Out of all the challenges of working remotely – working from home, a coffee shop, or other location – one of the biggest is how do you show your work? Are your results ‘seen’ or ‘unseen?’  If you work in a support role, you likely […]

  • December 2, 2019

How I Slowed Down Time with One Weird Experiment

“It’s only 9:30?” I said to my wife after a morning full of conversation, reading, and sipping coffee. “Yes, it is weird, isn’t it,” she replied. The oddities persisted all day – at 1:30, it felt like the sun should be going down shortly. And at 5 pm, it felt like it was more like […]

  • November 25, 2019

Three Keys to Giving Effective Presentations

All technologists need presentation skills, whether you’re presenting to one person or to many. As such, here are three tips that I’ve found particularly useful that can help you get your message across. What is the cognitive effect I want my audience to experience? Often times, we forget the audience when we’re developing our presentations. […]

  • November 18, 2019

Why Being Helpful Can Be Such A Challenge

When you come across someone who is truly helpful to everyone around them, regardless of their level or status, you know you have found someone special. I’ve been privileged to work with several people like this, and this trait makes a huge difference in their effectiveness. I’ve worked hard to mimic these stellar people, and […]

  • November 11, 2019

Reducing Overwhelm with Just One Piece of Paper

One common refrain I hear from technologists is, “When am I ever supposed to get any work done?” The biggest challenge working in technology is the amount of information and distraction that hits us all day, every day. It seemingly never stops. You’ve got emails, Slack, or Microsoft Teams (or if you’re really “lucky” BOTH!), […]

  • November 4, 2019

When Did You Last Learn Something That Changed Your Career?

It’s been a while since I reviewed the ELEVAROS foundational model. I last wrote about it in April – but this time, I made a video to help you understand and apply it to your life.  I created this model after surveying over 200 “tech-adjacent” people – those who work closely with I.T. workers. I […]

  • October 28, 2019

Impostor Syndrome is Your Friend

Letting your fears and insecurities guide you can be scary, but they can also lead you to tremendous growth. Have you experienced Impostor Syndrome? If you don’t know what that is: it’s that little voice (or maybe a really loud voice!) that tells you, “You can’t do that.” It seductively tells you that you’re terrible […]

  • October 22, 2019

What’s In Your Blindspot?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking with a lot of people. The good news is people are connecting with my work, and the conversations are positive. However, I see a common theme. See if you can spot it in this typical conversation: “So what do you do?” Me: “I teach and coach technology people soft […]

  • September 3, 2019

Seek Out the Positive (and It Will Spread)

If you have ever had to work with negative people, have you ever noticed how their negativity impacts you? It is contagious. Guess what? Positivity is contagious too! When you surround yourself with people that tend to see the best in all situations, then you’ll find yourself on a positive kick too. When you’re positive, […]

  • August 26, 2019

The Scarcity Mindset is Sabotaging your IT Career

I was listening to a podcast the other day, and the hosts were talking about the scarcity mindset and how it sabotages people’s success.  Stephen Covey wrote in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People:  “Most people are deeply scripted in what I call the Scarcity Mentality. They see life as having only so much, as though there were only one pie […]

  • August 5, 2019