Ambiguity Can Be Your Friend

Six months ago, I took on a new role at Microsoft.  I haven’t written a blog entry in a while because of all the work I was doing in my new role.  I spent 10 weeks as an individual contributor before building a new team and it was a really fascinating time for me as…

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Imperfection is the Way to Agility!

The term “perfectionist” is one that most people are familiar with.  Either because we are one or we know someone who is one.  Many times, being a perfectionist adds a ton of value to your work, your team, etc.  As one, you are driven to do the right things to a level of detail most…

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Don’t Show Me Your Ugly Duck Feet!

Picture this, it’s a nice warm summer day and you are relaxing next to a lake.  There is no breeze in the air so the surface of the water is very still and you see a duck.  It floats by, calm and quiet, with just a small V-shaped ripple in the water behind it.  You…

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Experienced to the Level of Obsolete

Some days I just amaze myself.  I can be tired, even exhausted, and not very focused on work.  Still I can go into a work meeting, make a few comments and add a ton of value.  And I can do this again and again and again until I really don’t need to pay much attention…

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What are your intentions?

When it comes to determining someone’s intentions, it’s fairly easy to do after a few drinks and a walk back to your apartment with someone you just met at the bar.  But let’s not go there.  🙂  Knowing someone’s intentions becomes much more difficult in a work setting.  What if the scope of your work…

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Up, Up, and Away!

Picture this visual.  You are standing in a field on a foggy day and a rope is dropped in front of you from the sky.  You can’t see where it is coming from but you hear someone ask you if you want to experience the unknown, be challenged more than ever before, move forward in…

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Play Some Interference

Managers need to play interference in order for their engineers to stay focused and show results.  Someone who is good at this will know when to give their team information and when to shelf the information for later or sometimes not at all.  But it’s not just about filtering information.  When issues or requests come…

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Crawl, Walk, Run

Babies figure out how to do it right – how to make progress and get to an end result.  I think we can learn something from them!  If you stood a baby up and expected them to walk, you’ll realize they are not equipped to do this.  They don’t have the skills in their legs…

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