5 Characteristics Every Leader Should Practice

The word leadership has many synonyms attributed to it. Something that can be learned early on in one's career is that having a leader you can trust is very important. Trust is something that is earned; not given. As I reflect over the years I’ve noticed mistakes that have been made along the way; mistakes that …

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Hold The Fort

Have you ever heard the phrase "Hold The Fort"? Long ago in battle supply routes were targeted by enemy regiments that would cut off rations to fighting units. As the battle ensued the enemy had driven back their counterparts to a small area on a hill. They were being overwhelmed with many wounded and dying; …

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Is Today Your Last Day Working With SQL?

Please entertain this thought for a moment – If today was your last day working with SQL how would you spend it? Now, this post is assuming you, as the reader, are working with SQL in some form or fashion; however take the question and apply it to some other form of technology if that …

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Interview with Warwick Rudd

  Part of traveling to various events and being a part of the SQL Community means one can meet some pretty awesome professionals. I was fortunate enough to run into Warwick Rudd (B|T) at one of the PASS Summit events held in Seattle, and he definitely lives up to all the hype. Warwick is a …

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The Next Chapter ~ A SQL Journey

  The past five years have been nothing short of an amazing ride on this thing we call “The SQL Journey”. I never cease to be amazed by the many outstanding data professionals we have in the PASS community. For me, this ride has been a great learning experience. In addition, I am very thankful …

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Time Management–Leadership

To many times data professionals flounder in what some call a pool of uncertainty. The countless tasks, tickets, projects, and emails that may flow in without prioritizing will leave individuals searching for what is needed to be worked on now. Organize or Agonize Face it, we all influence someone. Whether you are a sole DBA out …

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Leadership and the Data Professional

  Many traits make up data professionals and the many who find themselves in leadership roles. The traits being shared in this blog post are ones that have helped me on my journey not just in a leadership role, but from a data professional perspective as well. I debated often on sharing these; maybe even …

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New SQL Blogging Challenge

I recently came across Tim Ford’s (B|T) challenge to the technical blogging community. The challenge is to write one introductory level blog per month for the community. A simple statement with a profound substance to it. How many times do you and I take for granted the knowledge we have and share both privately and …

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