Last Friday saw the end of the 2010 PASS election and it was very nice to find out I had been re-elected, with Douglas McDowell (also re-elected) and Allen Kinsel being the other two winners. We had more than 1000 ballots cast, about twice what we had last year. Aside from the not minor pain […]Read more "PASS Update #43"
We’ll try to push this out through multiple channels, we’re trying to forecast dates to give those thinking about events (but not yet committed) visibility into which areas/dates are already committed. We won’t set up the event until you submit the formal event request, this is only to reserve the date. We’re also using this […]Read more "SQLSaturday Event Leaders – Reserve Your Date for H1 2011"
Recently I had a student point me to CakeWrecks, a blog about good cakes gone bad.The post from today has cakes where the baker/maker took the instructions a bit literally, one example where they wanted a cake and flowers, and on the cake spelled out is….”and flowers”. Being very much the not-professional baker I can […]Read more "CakeWrecks"
I started writing on influence last week and promised some comments on how to build influence and credibility. There are a lot of ways to do both, some maybe more effective than others, and some perhaps more cynical than others. Hopefully these will get you thinking and from there you can decide what works for […]Read more "Do You Have Influence? Part 2"
Most people blog because it’s fun, rewarding, good way to improve writing skills, be cool, and it looks good on a resume. Some people also hope to use their blog to influence others in a positive way. If you’re in the latter group, read on! During our recent excitement about the 2010 elections for PASS […]Read more "Do You Have Influence? Part 1"
Jack led the meeting tonight, spending a good amount of time on SQLSaturday, and Kendal Van Dyke did his marketing mojo about SQLRally. Good conversation about it, and a large number of the 20 or so attendees interested in SQLRally – more than were interested in going to the Summit even without regard to price. […]Read more "Notes from the Sep 13, 2010 oPASS Meeting"
I read Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell on a recommendation by Andy Leonard. Easy recommendation to take, I had previously read Tipping Point by the same author and found in interesting. Blink looks at something called ‘thin-slicing’, the ability to make a judgment based on a very quick and very […]Read more "Book Review: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking"