My editorial about Running as Sysadmin ran in the SQLServerCentral newsletter yesterday and generated some good (and passionate!) responses. It’s not a simple topic. Not easy to fix up front or after it’s broken. I think there is work we DBA’s can do to show them simple patterns they can apply, as long as it’s […]Read more "SSC Editorial: Running as SysAdmin"
Linked in sent me an email saying that an astounding 209 of my connections changed jobs in 2010, out of about 800 contacts in my network. That seems like a lot doesn’t it? I don’t know if it’s accurate, but if it is that’s a lot of job moving! LinkedIn did a nice job on […]Read more "Who Changed Jobs in 2010?"
I can’t remember where I heard this recently, but it’s been stuck in my head as one of those bits of wisdom that matches with my own experience and wanted to write it down. I think this is part of why networking works and is worth the effort. Mostly for me this happens when a […]Read more "Good People Know Good People"
I’ve happened to have a few networking events happen recently that I thought I’d share, all part of trying to figure out when and how networking works best. I had a friend reach out to me (and this is someone I met from another friend) via LinkedIn to reach someone 2 more levels away from […]Read more "More Networking Thoughts"
My day started at 5:15 to get moving for the airport. Arrived right at 2 hours early to find that there was no curbside or self service check-in for Alaska Air. By the time I waited in line to check a bag and then waited in line again for security I made it to the […]Read more "PASS Summit 2010–Sunday"
There’s no doubt that the PASS Summit is about learning. In just a few days you’ll max out your learning capacity for the week and go home wishing you could take in more! But there’s more to a conference than technology, it’s about people too. Just because you’re not looking for a job or trying […]Read more "6 Networking Tips for the PASS Summit & A Sunday Invitation"
Earlier this week I posted the announcement about an informal get together on Sunday night November 7th for those arriving early for the PASS Summit. After a few more calls with the team at Lowell’s we’ve worked things out so that we’ll have the entire restaurant to ourselves from 6-8 pm (and maybe a bit […]Read more "PASS Summit Sunday Night Dinner & Meetup"
I’m a little later than I had hoped getting this announced, but hopefully not too late! For the past couple years I’ve always planned my schedule to arrive a day early for the PASS Summit, which means a day before the pre-con seminars start. It’s a chance to spend some slower paced time before the […]Read more "Sunday Night at PASS-Let’s Meet Up!"
Below is a screen shot of our current speaker/session evaluation form. Simple and to the point, I think it gives the speaker some decent feedback and places a minimal burden on the attendee to fill it out. Here in Orlando we have the speaker collect them and then draw one as a prize winner, usually […]Read more "SQLSaturday Session Evals & Networking"
My friend Don Gabor is back at the Summit this year presenting a two hour seminar on Networking to Build Business Contacts. Here’s the description: Learn to network and make professional connections that will pay off for years to come from best-selling author, communications trainer and “small talk” expert, Don Gabor. Using demonstrations, exercises, role […]Read more "Going to the PASS Summit? Learn to Network Too!"