Signing up…again, at the Punchbowl National Cemetery in Hawaii. One of the most moving days of my life.
Today is one of those days that I want to set aside work, politics, diet (sorry babygirl) and everything else and focus on what today is…Veterans Day. It is special to me because, well, being a Veteran you have a better idea of the cost of freedom. Memorial Day remembers all of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. That day should always be reserved for them and them alone. Today, Veterans Day, is when we remember those who were ready to give it all, but thankfully did not have to. Many of us carry scars from our service, and many do not. But to all those of you who served, thank you.
I’m a sports fan, I will admit that I am hooked on Hockey like some drug, especially if it is my beloved Tampa Bay Lightning (GO BOLTS!). I also like Baseball, and one of my favorite movies of all time was “Field of Dreams”. There is one line in there that was made famous by that move. “If you build it, they will come.” Well, I have news for you, that may be true in Hollywood baseball movies, but that is not necessarily the case when you talk Enterprise-class technology. And if they don’t come, do you try and sell it to them when it clearly isn’t a fit for them? I certainly hope not, but I know a few that will. If you are one of those people, STOP IT! Continue reading
This is another one of my “from the heart” postings because I have experienced this one first hand in the last couple of years, a couple of times, and I’m sorta over the consequences of going to work with a friend, and being Facebook friends with coworkers. I can already hear it, “well DUH…” but hear me out, because nearly EVERYONE I know who is on Facebook has coworkers as their friends, and more than one person I know has gone to work with or for a friend and it generally ends very badly for both of them. Continue reading
My posting today is inspired by one thing…not blowing the interview for your dream job. I recently interviewed a friend of mine named Ralph (remember the movie Risky Business…Ralph was not his real name. It was Joel, and he owed Lana $200.00. But I digress). “Ralph” recently interviewed with a company that he really wanted to work for…and he was a great candidate. There was only one problem…he blew the interview, and it was 110% avoidable. Ralph shares his experience with me in the hopes that you’ll not make the same mistakes he made. **I am not using Ralph’s real name because I know that there are people at his current company that read my blog, and I want to make sure he still has a job.** Continue reading
This is a posting that I started back in January of 2013 but didn’t quite get to finish because things at work were heating up and the time I had to put my thoughts down just got less and less. Unlike my technical postings which I generally spend time researching and then writing, this one was really meant to be written “from the heart”. In my years working the in the military and post military, as well as things learned through my MBA program (and then practiced in real life) I have observed some things that I think are exceptionally important in the boss / employee relationship dynamic. The past couple of months though challenged everything I thought was right, and as such I felt the need to share my experiences with you. Just fair warning…this posting will be a little longer than normal. Continue reading
Tech shows can be a lot of thing. Some are just plain ole fun. Some are boring as hell but educational. Others was a combination of all of it. Cloud Expo…get your seatbelt on and tighten it up. It’s fun, educational and a worth every penny if you can make it. In my opinion it is one of the best tech shows you can attend. It’ like Linux World used to be…only better. Continue reading
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