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Proven Practices for Getting Results

Proven Practices for Getting Results

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My other blog, Sources of Insight is focused on effectiveness.  I launched it as a way to put more focus on getting results and to help give my mentees a more focused path (I’m a mentor at Microsoft and regularly carry ~8 mentees.)  One of the mantras on Sources of Insight is “Stand on the shoulder’s of giants!”  The idea is that I share the best insights and actions I can find for work and life, from books, people, and quotes, along with my experience both inside and outside Microsoft. 

Given my history on the patterns & practices team, my blog is heavily geared towards principles, patterns and practices to help people make the most of what they’ve got.  I don’t care whether you’re an architect, an engineer, a tester, or whatever … we’re all in this together, and life throws curve balls.  The purpose of the blog is to give you an unfair advantage, by sharing the world’s best insight and action for work and life.  It’s ultimately a collection of patterns and practices for skilled living.

One of the things I haven’t been happy with is my tag line on Sources of Insight.  I’ve tested several flavors but they didn’t resonate for one reason or another.  My latest one seems to be working out pretty well.  It’s simple and to the point:  “Proven Practices for Getting Results!”  It was actually a challenging exercise to find a tag line that actually worked for my readers.  I bounced it against a broad set of people for feedback, from marketing experts to developers to you name it.  I wrote up some of my lessons learned in designing an effective tagline in my post, The Design of an Effective Tagline.

Be sure to stop by and say hi.   Feel free to introduce yourself and let me know any hot issues you’d like to see information on and, if it’s on topic, I’ll see if I can work it in.  The main focus in the blog is a set of hot spots for life: mind, body, career, emotions, financial, relationships, and fun.

  • Thanks for the info.i'm looking forward to your future writings.

  • Thanks for breaking out the blog posts in a logical silo.  So many people highjack a blog and put too many unrelated topics under a single URL.  

    Your extra work on maintaining multiple sites will pay off!

  • @ John

    I have some stuff in the pipeline that should really crank things up.

    @ Michael

    I agree.  I want to keep my MSDN blog focused more on my Microsoft adventures and projects.  Sources of Insight is more focused on effectiveness.  Shaping Software is more focused on software success.

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