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David Wagner
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5/18/2015 | 1:12:27 PM
Re: Much of this is not new
@technocrati- I'm not sure Gates, Jobs and the others felt like their job was "the computing profession." I think they thought of themselves as technology pioneers or entrepreneurs or visionaries or some other lofty word. :)
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5/15/2015 | 1:15:57 PM
Re: Time management
@TerryB- I can totally see your frustration, bu tI think we're seeing it isn't a "simple skill." If it was simple, we'd have so many people with it that it wouldn't be on the list. And you'd have been able to teach it to him. Interestingly enough, I'm writing an article about attnetion span that should be out today. It talks a lot about the good and bad side of task switching. Seems like he could have used it to learn some of the good sides.
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5/15/2015 | 1:03:36 PM
Re: soft skills for IT people
@mpochan156- I want to work for you just so I can get awesome business cards. Can mine say "Destroyer of Worlds" on it? :)
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5/15/2015 | 12:51:27 PM
Re: soft skills for IT people
I was VERY fortunate to find / hire / keep happy the KING, but he preferred the title "Master of the Universe" and that was what I had printed on his business cards. 

Great IT people / developers who can understand with some depth the BUSINESS domain are precious resources and should be treated as such. Feed and water regularly. 
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5/15/2015 | 12:28:12 PM
Re: What Time Is IT ?
@technocrati- I have yet to meet the person who is just as effective at 3AM. I worked a night shift job once. Hated it. Never was able to feel human. I think the only thing I enjoyed about that at all was the peace and quiet. :)
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5/15/2015 | 12:26:29 PM
Re: Time management
@TerryB- Fascinating. Ultimately, I guess the only way to deal with that person is to put them in charge of like one really crucial thing at a time. but how many companies really work that way? I suspect the bigger the company the more easy that is to find-- a role where someone can just own one thing and do it really well.
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5/15/2015 | 12:23:49 PM
Re: 5 Soft Skills Every IT Pro Needs
@zerox203- You can blame me for if Mr/ Gimbel's comments had "varying depth." I probed some more deeply than others because I thought certain ones would resonate more. I'm quite sure he could elaborate on any of them. 

I was especially interested in his concepts of communication and initiative. Thet felt very counterintuitive to me and I really wanted to get into those.
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5/15/2015 | 12:20:08 PM
Re: soft skills for IT people
@mpochan156- Oh, we don't have to get rid of them. We need nerds, too. For one, not everyone needs all five skills. If you can find the nerd programmer who never needs to meet people but can sow initiative and flexibility (but you hide when the customers come) that's cool, too.

Sometimes you also find the "King of the Nerds" who has the communication skills nerds lack but is the social butterfly that holds the Star trek convention together. :)


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5/15/2015 | 10:31:57 AM
soft skills for IT people
I agree with the premise and points of the article. Many of the entrepreneurial successes in the software industry of the last 20 years had IT people with techno depth and great people skills ( and even great marketing skills). I would like to think we were one of them.

But I would hate to see the IT stereotype disappear of the bespectacled nerd with masking tape holding the frame together who you hide in the basement when the Customers visit.

And who will attend Star Trek conventions ? 

Ike, an entrepreneur

former CEO and co-founder of LeaseTek
Thomas Claburn
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5/14/2015 | 6:14:06 PM
Re: Time management
IT pros aren't the only people who could benefit from communication skills. Pretty much everyone should know how to speak diplomatically.
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