Career, Management, & Leadership

The Collaboration Commission – Part 5

The Collaboration Commission – Part 5

Architecture choices for cultural factors I was having a discussion with one of my team members. He questioned some of our early decisions which predated his involvement on the project. I began to give him a bit of history of…

The Collaboration Commission – Part 4

The Collaboration Commission – Part 4

Mindset framing Recovering from an infection of the responsibility virus requires us to change our mindset and to do it on faith. The over-responsible party tends to see the under-responsible party as lazy, incompetent, happy to ride coat tails, or…

The Collaboration Commission – Part 3

The Collaboration Commission – Part 3

Doubling down on my decision to lead My new understanding of the responsibility virus has helped me view a lot of my past experiences and, more importantly, my past perspectives in a new light. This has helped solidify my goals…

The Collaboration Commission – Part 2

The Collaboration Commission – Part 2

I have begun this journey focused on the monkey management problem because it had to most direct impact on me to cause my burnout. Taking on too many monkeys and becoming overwhelmed with the work caused my breaking point. However,…

Learning to Manage: Recovering from a crash

Learning to Manage: Recovering from a crash

One year and nine months ago, I took my first formal management position. I stepped into the role thinking that I knew a bit about management. I felt as though my team leadership experiences in my past meant that I…

Active Forgiveness

Active Forgiveness

Earlier this year, I wrote about Failure Integrity Power Transparency and Respect. This was taken from the perspective of a person who is learning how to navigate their failures or the failures of a group which includes them. In this…

SQLHammer in 2018

SQLHammer in 2018

SQLHammer.com has been quieter than usual this year. I have not written nearly as many blog posts as I would like. The reason for this is because I have been very busy and I thought it was time to update…

Tell me your problems

Tell me your problems

I need your help. I am working on improving my department’s problem solving skills. This is going to manifest in a lot of one-on-one mentoring, team exercises, and formal presentations. The formal presentations I am going to build into sessions…

Failure Integrity Power Transparency Respect

Failure Integrity Power Transparency Respect

The key to success is failure. There is much truth in that statement. It is also like a prism which can be perceived differently from many different angles. One angle is to say that, the difference between a successful person…