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Performance Review Season

I have twelve performance reviews to write this month. I expect to use, on average, 4 hours for each review. That time I will spend reviewing notes, emails, artifacts from calendar invites and code that each person has contributed to … Continue reading

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Do Something Demonstrable

I had a new employee start a couple of weeks ago. As part of the onboarding experience, I like to have weekly 1-on-1s with new hires to make sure we hit the same ground running. (my nominal 1-on-1 cycle is … Continue reading

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Career Advice From a User Conference

I had the privilege of participating in the Zenoss GalaxZ 2015 user conference. It was the first user conference put on by the company in its 10-year history, and it went off largely without a hitch. I embraced the opportunity … Continue reading

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My Tips for the First 90 Days

Earlier in my career, I went through a period of great anxiety when starting new jobs. So much anxiety that it would become debilitating and even impede my progress during the early days. I now take the time to re-read … Continue reading

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Remove Qualifying Language From Your Vocabulary

You know, Yoda was right.  Do or do not; there is no try. Using tentative or qualifying language, whether spoken or written, can drag down your credibility as a leader and as a communicator.  This bad habit makes it look … Continue reading

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