Taking Flight a.k.a. The Data Dragon’s Life After Microsoft

Cross-posted (with slightly worse formatting) from https://befriendingdragons.com/2014/07/23/taking-flight-a-k-a-the-data-dragons-life-after-microsoft/ Life is a journey – we can choose to fly through it with our wings spread to catch and channel the winds, or we can let the winds pummel us to the ground. I choose to take flight, enjoy the journey, and land on my feet. Then take off again. Even whenContinue reading “Taking Flight a.k.a. The Data Dragon’s Life After Microsoft”

Would you go to jail for Human Rights?

I believe in justice. I believe in human rights. I believe gay rights are human rights. I believe the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees “Equal Justice Under Law”. Idaho is keeping that justice from an entire group of people – those who are gay. Gay teens in Idaho are bulliedContinue reading “Would you go to jail for Human Rights?”

Interview with Julie Strauss–Microsoft BI WIT

Julie Strauss is a very accomplished and respected Senior PM at Microsoft. Her current role is technical assistant for Microsoft Data Platform Group (DPG) Corporate Vice President Quentin Clark. She has been the public face of Microsoft BI at conferences and helps deliver great technical content and data stories to the public. Julie loves toContinue reading “Interview with Julie Strauss–Microsoft BI WIT”

Jo Ann Morris is Igniting Women with Courage

Go Lead Idaho sponsored a “meet the author” talk by Jo Ann Morris this week at the Boise WaterCooler. Jo Ann is the author of Ignite: Inspiring Courageous Leaders – A Book of Thought-Provoking Wisdom and a Manual for Action and co-founder of White Men as Full Diversity Partners. She describes herself as a proud radical feministContinue reading “Jo Ann Morris is Igniting Women with Courage”

Leadership – Influencing Others

Leadership – Influencing Others   A good leader is able to influence others, whether it’s directly or indirectly. Influence is about your ability to have an impact; it’s not about getting exactly what you want. Generally you are participating in a joint effort and you may be delegating actions to others with or without authority.Continue reading “Leadership – Influencing Others”

Leadership – Strengths and Weaknesses

Leadership – Strengths and Weaknesses As part of my attempt to grow as a leader I took the StrengthsFinder survey. I got this one from the Go Lead Idaho sessions I am attending. It’s based on a Gallup survey and is all based on self-assessment. It was a quick and painless survey with clear, conciseContinue reading “Leadership – Strengths and Weaknesses”

Leadership – Taking Feedback

Leadership – Taking Feedback As you may have seen from my other blogs, I’m taking leadership courses and trying to stretch and define myself. It is hard work but I think it is going to be well worth the trouble. I’m getting great input from many sources and writing about it helps me think itContinue reading “Leadership – Taking Feedback”

Leadership – What Does It Mean?

Leadership – What Does It Mean? What is a leader? Are you a leader? Do you have to be a people manager to be a leader? Do you care about leadership? These are all questions I’ve faced recently. I’m attending some leadership training and I’m doing a lot of introspection. When I got to theContinue reading “Leadership – What Does It Mean?”