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  • Opinions Change

    Opinions change, and they should change as more and better evidence surfaces. There are words for this: “learning” and “growing” are but two of them. Communication plays a key role in changing opinions. I’ve been studying communication recently and I’ve decided it’s a miracle anyone is ever able to communicate with anyone else. There are ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 26, 2015
  • While You Have It…

    I remind my children who live at home - the "junior engineers" - to deal with the things they have in their hands while they have them in their hands. Why? Because it’s inefficient to put something down only to pick it up later and put it where it belongs. Like all rules, there are exceptions to this. I also tell them to spend an extra ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 26, 2015
  • What Customers Want

    Not once, in my combined years of direct employment by enterprises or consulting, has a customer contacted me about an issue about the grain of their date dimension in their enterprise data warehouse. Not one single time. I haven’t been contacted about cardinality either. Or trouble with execution threading models. Nope. Not ever. Instead, I’ve ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 10, 2015
  • On Kindness

    Do you remember that time kindness backfired? Do you remember kindness letting you down? Me neither. Kindness never fails. I can hear you thinking, “Yeah, Andy? Well there was this time I was kind and…” The thing you’re going to finish that sentence with, the thing that didn’t happen? That wasn’t going to happen anyway. But here’s what did ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 15, 2015
  • Interpreting Communication

    One important thing about which to be self-aware is how you interpret communication. Communication is a two-phase commit. The first part lies with the person communicating. She has an idea she wishes to communicate, and she communicates it – in writing or verbally. The second part is with the person (or people) to whom the communication is ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 28, 2015
  • Managing Geeks Now Available for the Kindle!

    Managing Geeks – A Journey of Leading by Doing is now available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions! Many people have expressed interest in obtaining an electronic copy of Managing Geeks. I’m sorry it took this long, but it is finally available. On a related note, I now know a lot more about self-publishing. The book is based on a ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 22, 2015
  • Some Thoughts on Leadership

    The purpose of leading is not to be out front. Being out front is simply where good leaders find themselves. “Front” is merely a location, it conveys no authority. And it is possible to find oneself out front and not be a leader. The goal of a leader should not be to serve oneself, it should be to serve others. “Which others, Andy?” I’m glad ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 9, 2015
  • Some Thoughts on Event Speaker Selection

    I write this from the perspective of experience. I’ve helped organize dozens of events over the past ten years. Feel free to take the parts of this advice that help and discard the parts that don’t. Enjoy! Planning an event is hard work. If you’ve never volunteered to help your local User Group or SQL Saturday, I encourage you to get involved. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 26, 2014
  • Well Done, PASS Leadership

    I am impressed with the response of PASS leadership to the controversy surrounding the 2014 Board of Directors election. Others have covered the topic much better than I will here, but a short version is PASS responded to the PASS Board 2013 election controversy (members with multiple email accounts receiving multiple ballots) by requiring members ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 28, 2014
  • Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier

    Mike Walsh (blog | @Mike_Walsh) tagged me in his post, 4 Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier as a DBA. You should read Mike’s post, it’s filled with helpful and good advice and tells cool (and not-so-cool) stories. I admire Mike’s transparency. I struggle with the four areas Mike already covered – Work/Life Balance, Empathy, Hero Syndrome, and Getting ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 28, 2014
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