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  • 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 you ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 3, 2015
  • 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
  • Writing and Delivering a Successful Full-Day Technology Seminar

    I was recently chatting with the current President of PASS, Thomas LaRock (Twitter | Blog), and Pieter Vanhove (Twitter | Blog), a prominent SQL Server consultant and expert in Belgium, about how I go about building and presenting a full-day technical seminar. In the SQL Server world, we tend to call these ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 6, 2014
  • Do You Learn?

    Silly question? Maybe. Hang with me, please. This will be short – a couple / three minutes, tops. Do you know more than you did six months ago? A year back? Yep, we both know you do. How did you feel back then, before you knew what you know now? Did you sense there was something missing? Did you know you didn’t know? No, you did not. That thing ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 15, 2014
  • What Does a Good Mentor Do for You?

    These would be good mentors - me plus Adam Machanic, and Klaus AschenbrennerNot long ago, John Sansom (Twitter | Blog) kicked off a SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by asking 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question:''If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 13, 2014
  • You're Leading in More Ways Than You Realize

    The following is an excerpt from Kevin and Joe Webb's (Blog | Twitter) monthly IT Pro eNewsletter. You're Leading in More Ways Than You Realize It's that time of year again. The sights and sounds of modern-day gladiators clashing on the gridiron field. If you're a football fan, there is no better time of year.In football, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 8, 2014
  • A Mistake, Responding Well, and a Public Call for a Public Apology

    I am about to break one of the rules of this blog. Years ago, I decided to never write about things that happen with clients until at least one year had passed. I am going to make an exception and write about something that happened very recently in the first part of this post. I confess I have been writing the second and third parts of this post ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 4, 2014
  • Now Playing on SSWUG TV!

    Hi friends, I know a lot of you regularly read my blog either on my home page at KevinEKline.com, on SQLBlog.com, or one of the locations where it's syndicated. And you may also regularly take in my content on SQLSentry.TV or my monthly column on Database Trends & Applications magazine.   Click the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 10, 2013
  • On Codes of Conduct

    I have mixed emotions about codes of conduct. I respect the right of any organization – public or private, for-profit or not – to create, maintain, and enforce codes of conduct. At the same time, I find the need for such standards depressing… especially in professional organizations. I am and have been a member of professional organizations that ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 3, 2013
  • The Year That Was - 2012

    2012 was, simply stated, a year that kicked my butt.  When I wasn't struggling professionally, I was struggling personally.  Health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of Type II diabetes, and the passing of my father soon after Thanksgiving marked my biggest struggles.  I apologize to those of you who are normally on my Christmas ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 31, 2012
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