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  • Self-Awareness – Feedback

    Self-awareness is an important trait. I believe it is especially important for consultants. For each of us, there is some gap between reality and what we perceive. I believe one measure of humility (or pride) is this self-awareness delta. I also believe we can narrow this gap by engaging in exercises in intentional awareness. Which exercises? ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 8, 2015
  • Me and the Man

    Part 1 I grew up poor – the US version of poor. We never missed a meal but a few times it was only because we had a successful hunt. Suffice it to say that when we interacted with others, they always had more than us. More stuff, nicer houses and cars and toys. We weren’t unhappy kids – my brothers and I – but we were unable to do some things we ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 15, 2014
  • Great Advice (and Free!): DBA JumpStart

    John Sansom (Blog | @SqlBrit) is committed to sharing “what I believe it takes to be an outstanding Data Professional.” To that end, John shepherded a book project called DBA JumpStart. The concept of the (free!) e-book is: “If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?” The list of contributing authors reads like a Who’s ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 11, 2013
  • It’s About Delivering Value, Stupid

    James Carville coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid,” as part of Bill Clinton’s 1992 US Presidential campaign. I’m not fond of the “stupid” part. But I have also never successfully advised a governor to become President of the United States by unseating an incumbent President who enjoyed a 90% approval rating earlier in his presidency. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 11, 2013
  • Less Useful Soft Skills

    IntroductionThis post is the fifty-sixth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. Over a career that spans decades, one encounters useful and “less useful” soft skills in the modern enterprise. I thought I would share a few of the less useful variety: Free ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 23, 2012
  • Want to Learn SQL Server 2012?

    Or SSIS 2012? SSRS 2012? SSAS 2012? There’s no substitute for getting your hands on the product, in my opinion. I can hear you thinking, “But Andy, I can’t afford to purchase a copy of SQL Server 2012.” Are you sure? What if I told you that you can get a full-feature version of SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition for $50? Well, you cannot… it’s ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 22, 2012
  • Outlasting Outrageous Opposition

    Introduction This post is the forty-fourth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about responding to outrageous opposition. Opposition Happens As I stated in Love Your Enemies, opposition is a clue. Does that mean all opposition is good or can ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 27, 2011
  • OT: Back to Consulting, Week 1

    Introduction I pondered writing this at all. And then I pondered where to publish it. I decided to publish this here as it relates to other things I've published here. And I decided to mark it OT (off-topic). As mentioned in this post, starting Andy Leonard Training grew out of a couple training engagements delivered in late 2010. I started ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 23, 2011
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