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I forget about this from time to time, but was reminded by a colleague last week. When trying to find a way forward with colleagues, or a common ground, the first step forward can be in taking a step back and trying to understand what that team member’s motivation is. What are they focused on? Where are they starting from? What do they need? Where do they need to go? All these questions and more…

Each time I sit down to write new code. Learn a new API. Write a new Post. Learn a new technology. Anything, whatever it is that is brand new, there is that first 5 minutes of “I have no idea what I’m doing and this is going to be a complete and utter mess” that goes through my head where I try and talk myself out of the work that I should be doing but…

No, it’s not something I wrote. At the last conference I attended (going back to 2016), I attended Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference. On the last day, the last session made the entire conference entirely worthwhile. I would have paid the conference fee to attend this session again. The talk is given by James Whittaker and is such a great talk on the need for creativity in everything we do. I’ve watched some of his other…

We hear of people taking breaks but what about the Bots? When do they take a break? What if for one day, all the bots in the world took a break – call it the “Day of the Bots”? What would happen? What would the impact be on our email? What about our customer satisfaction in talking to someone? How many “followers” would we lose in a day? And what would we do next? What…

Here’s the thing no one says about the Wall. We all hit it. All the time. Every day. In different ways then how everyone else hits it, at different activities, on different projects, with different people. There is not safety from not hitting the wall. At some point in your life, you will crash into the wall, slam hard into it via a slow-motion montage action movie shot. If you haven’t hit it, you have,…