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Corporate Survival Tips for Young Professionals: Processing Email standard

Email is one of the banes of corporate existence. Before email, we had voicemail (and still do). Before that, it was the memo basket, complete with intra-office envelopes with the little string thing to keep it closed. Email is obviously much more efficient, but it is one of the worst communication mediums when you are trying to understand more than the words on the screen (such as intent). Let’s discuss how to process email. Everyone complains that they get too much email. It’s not that they get more than anyone else, they are simply poor at managing their email. They are on too many lists, they are too disorganized to find emails when they need them, and they probably have ...

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Corporate Survival Tips for Young Professionals: Organization standard

This is not the messy desk, messy life lecture. There are thousands of books available to help with personal organization, and unfortunately only one or two will probably work for you. Don’t be discouraged. Instead, think about it this way: you need a system that will help you keep all the balls you manage in the air while coworkers and live throw more at you. However you choose to do it, find a system and make it work. I use Personal Kanban (enabled by LeanKit) in conjunction with Evernote and EndNote (free alternatives include Zotero and EasyBib) as resources to keep my life straight. Admittedly, I’m human and I still drop a ball here and there. Honesty, humility, and resolve ...

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Corporate Survival Tips for Young Professionals (A July 2014 Series) standard

Let’s see… You just graduated with your BBA or BS in some business concentration, and now your are ready to go pro. Hopefully you are already hired at your first company and are in the thick of learning about the business and how to succeed. Or perhaps, instead, you are an IT or IS professional that is looking to move your career forward. How do you acquire the skills needed to advance? I hate to break it to you, but your degree did not fully arm you with everything you need to face your new reality. Think of it like this. In high school (or pre-college), you learn that you have to have some level of popularity to survive and ...

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The One Where America Goes Into Drydock standard

For those of us in the States, not much is going to get done today as most of us look forward to a four day weekend. In that light, no big post here. I’ve got a few post ideas I’m working on for the month of July—one being a series on surviving corporate America. There is a set of skills I learned over the years that are never taught in business school, your company’s orientation, or on your company’s intranet (probably). I’m going to put together a list of survivability tools to help develop those non-IT/IS skills! In the meantime, enjoy a safe weekend wherever you are, and Happy 4th! Possibly Related Posts: Brando’s Rules for Success So You Want ...

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Theory of Constraints for Knowledge Work standard

It’s hard to be in the IT world today without hearing something about the Theory of Constraints. It could be from The Phoenix Project or the latest DevOps presentation you saw. Most questions I hear sound like, “How does some analysis of a factory help me make IT more efficient?” Go read The Phoenix Project to learn more about that. Gene Kim links to a fantastic set of resources in his blog on Kanban resources, but one key resource is a case study on how a failing Microsoft development team used the Drum-Buffer-Rope technique of Theory of Constraints to completely revamp their operations. Do yourself a favor and invest the time to read the Microsoft case study. Check the other ...

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Product and Service Innovation standard

Some of you know I’ve been diving into strategy and innovation lately, and I’ve published the first of many blogs on different kinds of innovation. Check out the first one here at the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s website! Possibly Related Posts: Brando’s Rules for Success So You Want to Gong-Fu? Updated Tea Journey post Blockchain Fun Did you pre-order a Plastc? You might be able to recover your money!

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Lizard Brain and Surprise Reactions standard

Have you ever had a moment in your life where you made what you thought was an innocent comment or asked a simple question, but was met with a verbally violent response? This happened multiple times in my career, going back to the PCI DSS assessment days, to living in management, to even personal interactions with individuals. Admittedly, my brain to mouth filter has been maturing over the years—so in some respects that may have been to blame. But recently, I started analyzing these responses and situations when they happened. Kind of a, “how did I get here and what should I do now” analysis. Let’s explore what I have learned. Let’s discuss the concept of Lizard Brain. This is ...

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Bitcoin and Virtual Currencies standard

There has been a ton of noise around Bitcoin recently for two big reasons. The first is that the Bitcoin-USD forex climbed above $1,000 (currently just under $900, and the second is a heist that moved around $100 million worth of the currency, all able to be watched online through the public clearing houses. So if you are a business, what should you do with this and other currencies? One of the main attractions to Bitcoin is that it is not regulated by a sovereign government. Some might say that it works in the purest form of capitalism, completely separating the buyer from the seller through an anonymous exchange. Well, somewhat anonymous. The contents and value of the wallet is ...

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Hosed by Codeshares AGAIN standard

Yep, a little bit off topic, but that’s why I have a Diversions file! Some of you may remember a post I did for all of your frequent fliers a couple of years ago about some travel trouble I was having with airline tickets purchased as codeshares. In all fairness, this isn’t just an issue with one particular airline (although I did discuss my experience with AA/BA). Here’s what happened today. I was finishing up my tour of Ireland a bit early and wanted to stand by on an earlier flight. With BA, you can do this if you have any status at all including honoring OneWorld levels. BUT! Only if you have a BA marketed & operated ticket. So ...

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Have a free month of SlideZip Unlimited! standard

Yep, we just pushed some fun new features to SlideZip, so I figured that we could create an offer to celebrate! Right now, the first 20 people to upgrade to an Unlimited account can get a free month with this coupon code: FreeMonthOct2013. Free is great! Also, we now have support for conferences (with multiple logins which could be for separate tracks or satellite locations)! Possibly Related Posts: Brando’s Rules for Success So You Want to Gong-Fu? Updated Tea Journey post Blockchain Fun Did you pre-order a Plastc? You might be able to recover your money!

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