I’ve been thinking about this topic for a few weeks, maybe longer. It’s based on the three years I served on the PASS Board, and observations of others who served before during, and after that time. I’m trying to look at behaviors and patterns, not people and personalities, though surely the latter plays a part […]Read more "Being a Volunteer Leader Is Hard"
PASS is accepting candidate applications for the 2013 election through August 7th, 2013. Later this year we – the PASS membership – will be voting to fill three seats on the Board. To have a good election we need a great selection of candidates. I hope for a slate of candidates so good that we […]Read more "Encourage Someone You Respect To Run For The PASS Board of Directors"
Spend a few minutes reviewing 20 Critical Security Controls. Very interesting stuff. For example, #1 refers to having and maintaining an inventory of authorized devices/etc. Do you know all the servers running SQL and would you know if someone set up a new one? Add this blog about servant leaders to your reader if you’re […]Read more "Assorted Links for April 27, 2013"
My friend Jack Corbett returned to blogging recently and one of his comments was not wanting to be the guy that just complains about things he think PASS doesn’t do (or do well). It reminded me of a comment I saw on Twitter a while back, that the poster trusted the Board to do the […]Read more "We Need Our Community Leaders to Share Their Views"
American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company ($18 at Amazon) was a good read, with some good background on the history of Ford making good decisions and bad ones, ultimately leading to Ford truly being in a fight to survive. Bill Ford (of the Ford family of course) understood that […]Read more "Book Review: American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company"
Here’s a two part story(Part 1, Part 2 from Information Week by Larry Tieman you should read. There’s a great quote that to find the influential leaders within an organization “Look for the person with a line at their door”, something that rings true to what I’ve seen. There’s a related article about the five […]Read more "Growing Leaders"
I finished reading Make the Impossible Possible: One Man”s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary ($12 @ Amazon) by Bill Strickland a few weeks ago. I found it browsing at the library and the title definitely caught my attention, and I’m glad it did. It’s in many ways a biography, […]Read more "Book Review: Make the Impossible Possible: One Man''s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary"
Just in case you didn’t catch the news yesterday on Twitter, the PASS blog, or via the PASS Connector, we announced that the 2013 Summit will be held in Charlotte, NC. It’s a decision that has been a couple years in the making, with the final discussions beginning early this year with an appraisal of […]Read more "The 2013 PASS Summit Goes to Charlotte"
I saw this at the college where we held SQLSaturday #49 on the restroom door. I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s not as if the door blasts open with the automatic opener, and how is it different than someone on the inside pushing it open? And wouldn’t it be normal to expect […]Read more "Warning: Two Way Traffic"
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"