Category: Career, Management, & Leadership

  • 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, mismanagement of monkeys was not the root cause to the problems. One potential root could […]

  • The Collaboration Commission – Part 1

    The Collaboration Commission – Part 1

    Part 1 of my journey to answer the question, “can a team, which has already fallen into a pattern of mistrust and resentment, recover? ”

  • 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 knew enough to enter into this new position. When I say, “knew enough to enter,” […]

  • 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 post, I want to talk about failure from the perspective of a leader who is […]

  • SQLHammer in 2018

    SQLHammer in 2018 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 you on what I have been doing this year. Leading into 2018 In October of […]

  • 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 to present at conferences, such as SQL Saturdays, in a professional development track. If the […]

  • 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 and an unsuccessful one is that the successful person tried again while the other person […]

  • Dryer Lint

    When I was in the U.S. Navy, the sailors had a lot of social challenges since we had 200 grumpy men all sharing the same facilities for several months at a time. It should not be surprising that the laundry facilities were one of these points of contention. You could have someone do your laundry […]

  • Ding Level 4 in My Epic Life Quest

    Ding Level 4 in My Epic Life Quest

    I am extremely excited to announce that I have achieved level 4 in My Epic Life Quest! Over the last year I had been reminding myself about my own epic life quest. I felt like I had drifted from my path and need to reevaluate my quest. I never got around to readdressing my quest […]

  • My SQL Cruise Diary

    My SQL Cruise Diary

    It has been three years since I first heard of SQL Cruise from Grant Fritchey (b | t). At the time, I was working for a large tax preparation company. They would not allow me to attend any conference during tax season, understandably. Also, I was unaware of the Alaska SQL Cruise which occurs in […]