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    Diversity Hiring Research – 5th March Digest

    Thought I would share some of the research I am collecting as I dig deep into diversity hiring – not my original work, but great resources: Feb27th: Hiring For Diversity How to Encourage Diversity Between Men and Women in the Workplace: Diversity...
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    Eleven years ago I excitedly began my first day at Microsoft. Like any long term relationship, I did not know how great the experience would become! Huge thanks for family and friends who made the journey to this point so special. Never has Microsoft...
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    hiring for gender diversity

    on the 1st of September 2012, I set myself the goal of hiring 50 of the best female engineers in Asia during the following year. The context is a chronic low ratio in the individual contributor and management population of my teams combined with a rapid...
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    SQL Azure data sync gotchas

    Setting up my first data syncs in Windows Azure today I discovered a couple of gotchas you might want to avoid. Everything went swimmingly until step 5 of establishing a Sync Dataset, when I was unable to pull a schema for the databases I wanted to sync...
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    Cloud security– base camp

    A couple of posts today resonate as fundamental concerns about security in the cloud. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15468340 AEP networks’ chief technology officer Mark Darvill notes that ‘Cloud security should be a priority’ and Steven Withers has...
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    A 3 minute introduction to cloud computing

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    It is *just* possible, that you've arrived at this blog still a little fuzzy about what Cloud Computing is all about? if so, there is a nice 3 minute video here http://www.commoncraft.com/video/cloud-computing which you might enjoy :) Another great...
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    another(!) Apple datacenter lead poached

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    Having not quite onboarded Kevin Timmons from Microsoft, it seems Apple have turned to who ever is left at Yahoo! in their search for a credible datacenter lead according to http://gigaom.com/cloud/apple-hires-yahoos-data-center-chief/ Scott Noteboom...
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    What does work life balance really mean?

    most weeks I have a coaching session with a colleague or client that involves some discussion around their “work life balance” and what that really means so I will share here what I have learned and encourage you to contribute your own learning...
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    4 tips for how to give great review feedback

    It’s that time of year for many of us, when staff reviews are due. If like me, you are snowed under with requests for feedback – here are some thoughts on how to make the input you give great and the process as painless as possible for you...
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    Advocating: a leaders muscle

    It is an important challenge to address, and I’ve learned the hard way, that the most powerful advocate for the team is the Leader; the most likely to be out of touch with the will of the group is also me, the Leader. My enemy is my growing emotional...
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    So you want to be a leader? Be an evangelist/enthusiast!

    Develop the habit of being all about what you stand for, what others can believe in. The bad habit is to be the critic who has become cynical – and can only be evaluated by all the things you are against, dislike or believe worthless. I would need...
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    You’re too nice – and that’s a problem

    Develop a habit of shooting projects and ideas in the head not in the foot. It is not my job to be nice – it is my job to make good, clear decisions that further the interests of the business – yet so often I can be tempted with laziness and...
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    What does ‘Trust’ mean?

    Within the context of Leadership – trust means your actions are: Predictable, dependable, & repeatable As I look back on my own career, the consistent complaint is that I “randomize” the team – what they are telling me here...
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    Supporting a new lead person (via Leadership Freak)

    Wonderful advice from Dan here on supporting a new lead Image source Little League International headquarters is in the community where I live. Every year, the nonprofit organization I lead participates with Little League’s Kid’s Day. It's held in...
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    Osama, Obama, The USA and a parable of leadership

    THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands...
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    why change is the new normal

    I had the pleasure of listening to and be outraged by a cleric who opened his sermon “…over the course of several millennia, nothing has really changed, there has been no progress that is meaningful and man faces the same challenges today as he always...
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