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Broadway0474
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5/15/2016 | 10:41:56 PM
Re: Collaboration
vnewman, great quote. Though I think for most of us, collaboration --- or whatever you want to call it --- is a fact of business life. Unless you are a true "artist" --- someone so talented and recognized for that talent that he or she gets a wide birth --- you must please other people in the process of creation. 
vnewman2
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5/15/2016 | 6:20:09 PM
Re: Collaboration
I agree with you. I don't like this word. It's overused. And it's presumed to always be a good thing when I feel like certain projects aren't best served with collaboration. I can't say it any better than Steve Wozniak did so I will quote him: "Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me — they’re shy and they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone — best outside of corporate environments, best where they can control an invention’s design without a lot of other people designing it for marketing or some other committee. I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee… I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team."
moarsauce123
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5/14/2016 | 10:20:10 AM
Collaboration
Collaboration is the buzz word of our time. If things don't work the managerial advice is to "collaborate more". What the heck does that mean? Talk to each other more? Write more stuff down and share it? Push decision makers into making decisions? "Collaboration" should be a word banned in businesses. That way we may get some better direction.
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5/14/2016 | 10:16:38 AM
Re: Emails: Short and Sweet
I find short and sweet emails utterly useless. They generally lack information that is needed and that requires sending a reply requesting more info, waiting for a response that again is short and sweet, and so forth. I rather see well written verbose emails that organize content properly. Give a summary of what this message is about at the top. If I need more info I can read on, getting all the details needed. It also depends on the recipient, some like bulleted lists, others are more into visuals and prefer diagrams and screen shots.
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5/13/2016 | 10:38:15 PM
Re: The Art of the Deal ?
No. 1 on my list would be patience with non-IT people. Think that's a skill that's valuable no matter your level --- whether you dealing with end users and their day-to-day issues, or your dealing with executives and their phobios and misconcepted expectations around tech.
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5/13/2016 | 8:21:22 AM
Re: The Art of the Deal ?
Negotiation is huge if you want to move up in the IT field but there are lots of opportunities to learn.  Low level you negotiate solutions to simple problems with end users because what they want isn't always what they need.  Moving into management you start to negotiate contracts for services and smaller purchases.  Eventually you move into large project spending and negotiating with executives, the learning curve can be steep on some of these but the opportunity is there. 
Technocrati
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5/12/2016 | 2:54:46 PM
Emails: Short and Sweet

"Unfortunately, a lot of IT professionals have poor communication skills and don't know how to write quick, short emails," 

 

I am surprised by this statement as well as what was mentioned in regards to speaking articulately.  

Not a good sign for someone whose opinion is to be relied upon and respected.

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5/12/2016 | 2:51:24 PM
The Art of the Deal ?

Negotiation is a soft skill I hadn't thought about.  And I agree it is vital to dealing with vendors who want your business bad.

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5/12/2016 | 2:38:44 PM
Re: Confidence

"...but from what I've seen most of them are very confident in their ability to do things."

 

@SaneIT    For the most part that has been my experience as well.

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5/12/2016 | 2:34:45 PM
Re: Communication

@Whoopty   Agreed.  But one has to be careful here, if you are a good communicator, you can distill the topic down so much that it appears "easy" to the non-techie.

 

Not sure if this outcome is a more annoying  than not being able to communicate at all.

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