Observations from a Padded Server Room….

If you’re a manager, director, boss, or any other title overseeing employees…

  1. Do your job, not your employees job, even if your think you’re helping.
  2. Do Not sabotage your employees by doing parts of their job, having meetings with clients where decision on projects are made by yourself….without telling them…all the time! We need that information…we’re the ones working on the project….your job is to oversee our work. It confuses the client, your employee, and makes job hunting look appealing. Hair pulling, fluency in four letter word usage, and padded room experience are not acceptable skills for resume’s.
  3. Do Not reply to emails you’re copied on saying “I’ll take care of this…” when your employee is already taking care of it….. It makes it look like you are not confident in the people YOU hired. If it was already on your ‘To Do’ list then tell your employee first before replying to all. A simple “Hey, I knew this was an issue and am going to resolve it.” goes a long way. Absence of a heads up leads to #2 above.
  4. And last, but not least, employees like to have faith in their fearless leader. They like to know a few things:

Their boss would go to bat for them in adversity.
Their boss has faith in their abilities.
Their boss can lead without needing to control.
Their boss is available when needed.
Their boss won’t send them to the crazy house.

Note: This post was written in complete frustration. In five minutes I won’t remember it, and likely won’t care about any of it….until it happens again. I would like to think I would be an effective leader BUT….I’m pretty sure I would make the same mistakes, and likely a slew of others. If any of us were perfect we wouldn’t have self help books, right? On that note…. Here’s my suggested reading list for those looking to be effective leaders:

  1. The Noticer by Andy Andrews: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective. (If I had to choose one book to provide to everyone I know….this would be the book!)

  2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson: A Counter-intuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Not really a leadership focused book but, it is well worth a read!)

  3. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People (Awesome book!)

  4. The Power of Positive Leadership by John Gordon: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World

  5. The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations

  6. The Geek Leader’s Handbook by Paul Glen and Maria McManus: Essential Leadership Insight for People with Technical Backgrounds

  7. Grow Your Geeks by Antoinette Oglethorpe: A Handbook for Developing Leaders in High-Tech Organisations

Happy reading! Rant over 😉

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Statement of the Day

Over heard in passing….

“Go hug a venomous spider, you Vitamin D-deficient circus clown!” 

I have yet to decide if this is the best insult I have ever heard or a highly inventive way to tell someone to drop dead…. decisions, decisions 🙂

 

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Observation from Under the Desk…

Work Christmas Parties can be nerve racking if you’re an introvert like most IT personnel. However, every so often such gatherings remind why we work here….

…and the winning White Elephant Prize goes to the Administrative Assistant Extraordinaire with the giving of the Maxi Pad Slippers….

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Slip’on ya’ll! Slip’on!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Email of the Day

The Randomness of work email….

From: Administrative Assistant
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 2:10 PM
To: Everyone under the Sun
Subject: trunk open in bad wind

There is a Gray Honda in the parking lot whose trunk is a jar

Here I always thought a trunk was a trunk, and a jar was a jar. Now a trunk can be a jar? What’s next a tire can be a spare? 😉

Life is short, laugh at the little things!

 

DECLARE-ing War!

When…

DECLARE @EndDate DATE;
DECLARE @StartDate DATE;

–SET @StartDate = DATEADD(MONTH, DATEDIFF(MONTH, 0, GETDATE()) – 1, 0);
–SET @EndDate = DATEADD(MONTH, DATEDIFF(MONTH, -1, GETDATE()) – 1, -1);

SET @StartDate = ’01/01/2018′
SET @EndDate = ’12/31/2018′

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DECLARE @StartDate DateTime;
DECLARE @EndDate DateTime;

SET @StartDate = ‘You’re not working the way I want you to you stupid thing!’
SET @EndDate = ‘You’re not helping either!!’

…fails, the consensus is Report Builder Sucks! We will get you my pretty! And your little SET too! We just need a house and ruby slippers….

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Thank goodness Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Four days off may just change the queries attitude. I know being stashed in a folder for four days would change mine! 🙂

On that note I leave you with these wise words…

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump
May your potatoes and gravy
have nary a lump
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Happy Thanksgiving all!!
May your day be filled with Family, Friends, and reasons to be Thankful!