How to convince people you’re not there to automate them out of a job

As a consultant focused on optimization and automation, I’m often met with resistance from individuals at my clients. These individuals are afraid I’ve been sent there to replace them with a PowerShell script, leaving them without a job. Here are some of the things I do, and you can too, if you ever need [...]

By |2018-12-07T10:39:02-04:00December 7th, 2018|Soft Skills|0 Comments

The Infamous Free Slurpee Story – a Tale of Integrity

The folks who know what's coming are probably grinning from ear to ear right now. This story has followed me for years, and people love busting my chops about it. I'm going to tell it again, though, because I still believe it contains an important lesson about integrity. The story [...]

By |2018-06-25T13:54:04-04:00July 11th, 2018|Soft Skills|0 Comments

Beware the Interview Feedback Policy

I recently had the opportunity to interview for a position with a well-known technology company. Overall it was a positive experience. However, there was one thing that made me sour on it. The company has an policy against giving interview feedback beyond a yes/no hiring decision. What bothered me even more was [...]

By |2017-07-28T11:08:18-04:00July 6th, 2017|Soft Skills|1 Comment

Tips for Cross Cultural Communication with Worldwide Partners

Working as a consultant, I get to interact with a wide variety of people. This includes clients and partners in other countries across the globe. As such, many of the people I work with come from a different culture, or do not speak English as their first language. This cross cultural communication can present [...]

By |2017-06-20T11:02:17-04:00June 20th, 2017|Soft Skills|0 Comments

Differentiate Yourself – Two Quick Lessons From a Bad Electrician

In a world full of other people who could do your job, one thing we are always doing as professionals is working to differentiate ourselves from our competition. I had an experience with an electrician recently that illustrates two ways to do this. A lesson in fire safety A [...]

By |2017-04-11T09:40:08-04:00May 1st, 2017|Soft Skills|0 Comments