I’m Moving!

October 19, 2010

I know posts have been a little thin here! But I (finally) decided that it is time to move. Still staying on the WordPress platform, but getting it hosted rather then the generic wordpress.com.

Moving!

The moving truck is in place, just getting some DNS issues resolved.

WordPress has a new redirect feature that hopefully automatically bring everyone along with me as well. I guess I will be testing that.

Will update as soon as moving day hits.

Beat Regards and thank you!

UPDATE: I have removed the RSS button prior to the move – if you got here looking for it, my apologies, the new site should be ready soon!

Photo Credit by Stacy Lynn Baum via flickr

For this October 1st 2010, My #FollowFriday is Mr. Eric D.Brown (actually, soon to be Philosophiae Doctor Brown) and @EricDBrown on Twitter

Eric also blogs at Technology, Strategy, People & Projects and offers great insights into both the world of business technology, and leadership for business.

As an example, from a post titled; What’s wrong with today’s IT?

Most IT groups have become blinded by process, procedure, technology that they’ve forgotten their main role – make the business run better.

Via twitter, or his blog, if you are student of IT Leadership, I highly recommend!

Have a great Weekend!

If you use Twitter at all, you are already aware that there is a trend that occurs every Friday where you call out a recommendation about an individual. And more importantly why you find that individual to be someone you recommend other people investigate and follow.

I confess that I never participated, simply because in most cases these #FollowFriday (or #FF) shout outs are really short on details of the true why that I would find value in that recommendation. Then Gini Dietrich (@GiniDietrich on Twitter) slapped me around and pointed out that this blog works for an expanded why I do a recommended Follow Friday.

So in greater than 140 characters, for today – My #FollowFriday recommendation is Mike Myatt. (@MikeMyatt)

As Chief Strategy Office at N2Growth, I was reading Mike’s blog before I was active on Twitter myself. So it was logical to look him up on Twitter when I joined.

Mike writes about Leadership. And he writes it in a direct, common sense, and participatory approach that kicks ‘buzzwords’ to the garbage can.

To quote one recent blog post;

..but I don’t care whether someone agrees or disagrees with me. In fact, in most cases I actually prefer to have my thinking challenged

And since challenge, and learning, is what my life is all about – I can’t trump that!

No I don’t mean all of your computers or other technology gear. Unplug

I mean unplug yourself personally.

I just did. A beautiful week – completely relaxed.

Our people knew what they were doing in my absence.

The sky did not fall, and our technology infrastructure id not evaporate.

Sure a pile of email to deal with on minor things.

The biggest issue on my return was the city of Ottawa lying under a pall of smoke from forest fires throughout Quebec.

And no matter how good our team is, I don’t think they could do anything about that!

Saying you can’t get away is simply a crutch saying that you have not prepared your teams for responsibility when you are absent.

Photo Credit bucklava via flickr

A sales representative does a cold call drop in visit to my office.

Sales Rep: Well thanks for your time, I will get back to you with some material

Me: Thanks, you can reach me with this contact info

Sales Rep: How come your staff are walking around in socks? You do yoga here or something?

Me: Yoga??? No, they are software developers.

Like “Land-Rover” or “Harley-Davidson” Well, if you have to ask, you will never understand….

Just Sayin’

OK, an obvious riff on the Rolling Stones We Can’t Always Get What We Want!

But here is a true story.

Lets wander back a few decades to when I was in the property management business.

First! We are going old school here, the Internet was still in prep school (the technorati talked SLIP, Telnet, Gopher), and the masses talked via BBS (Bulletin Board Systems – remember Mustang?) or CompuServe. E-mail? nope. Computing was an AS-400 and green screen terminals.

but I digress!

At one of our tenant companies, two individuals repeatedly complained to the commercial property supervisor that they were either too hot, or too cold in their work places.

Feeling that they were not getting an adequate response after several complaints, these two employees escalated the issue to their business Vice President, who then raised hell with our commercial property Vice President.

As crap usually flows down hill, the commercial property supervisor was hauled onto the carpet for a tongue lashing about not being responsive to the complaints.

During this event the commercial property supervisor demanded a meeting in the tenants offices with both the tenants VP, and our VP. After some argument – this was arranged.

So! its meeting day, the property supervisor takes both VP’s to one of the complaining individuals and asks about the temperature; Too cold was given as a complaint.

The trio then visit the second complainant who states; too hot!

Our property supervisor says; there you go, what the hell do you want me to do?

You see?

Those two individuals that were complaining?

They had their office desks fitted side by side!

In other words, there were sitting about 3 feet apart! So there was absolutely no hope that both could be satisfied.

And the lessons learned?

The first, and most obvious lesson; the commercial property supervisor would have bypassed all of this if he had simply picked up the phone and explained that there was nothing that he could do about the situation after he received the very first complaint.

But more importantly, we need to understand that we cannot satisfy everybody, every time. We can solicit input, we can try for consensus. But sometimes we need to agree to disagree.

We need to make the decision and move to the next step. We need to appreciate their input, but state that the decision is no longer on the table for discussion.

Photo Credit by jmc_sjsu via flickr

Over the Christmas period I read David Ramsay’s research on the World War 1 sinking of the Lusitania.

Yes the book was good, and a very easy, clear text to read. But I am not going to writing here about a ship Lusitaniasinking in a war zone.

In Mr. Ramsay’s research on some of the issues and incidents that led to the sinking he identified two things which struck me from a leadership perspective. Don’t tell me you have never seen;

*Leadership providing vague, even contradictory instructions

*Things grind to a halt when the senior leadership is absent

Could have been written about events today ….

Just Sayin’

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