2009

To Totally Rock Your Performance at Work, Your Self-Esteem is Key

The Key Influencing Factor in your performance at work is not your skills, your status, your experience. It isn’t even who you know, or who knows you. All these things are important, but there is something fundamental that is required to make all these things attain value. It is your Self-Esteem.

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Success Is… Mastering ONE Thing

The route to success is often a tough one that involves hard work and sacrifice. I’ve proposed two general paths to wealth (a form of success) – guru, or entrepreneur. Both routes, as does all form of success, are built on mastering something. Mediocrity does not have a home here. What does ‘Mastering’ mean? Simple

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I’d Love Your Feedback on The 10 Habits Of Highly Effective IT Professionals

I launched the eBook ‘The 10 Habits of Highly Effective IT Professionals’ and since then it’s been downloaded over 3,000 times. If you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, then enter your name and primary email into the form on the right of this page and I will send it to you right away.

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Why You Need a Technical Swipe File, and How To Get One

Just yesterday, I was totally impressed by a guy I met at a technology conference who has an amazing technique for organizing his projects and interests in technology. So much so that when I revise my book ‘The 10 Habits of Highly Effective IT Professionals’ (if you haven’t got your copy yet, then download it

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Are Career Goals A Waste Of Time?

Two years ago, this question may have seemed ridiculous to you. In a growing economy, opportunity is in abundance and the challenge we had back then didn’t concern make-or-break, but which of the golden opportunities were the shiniest. Now the whole economic environment has changed. The economy is turbulent and unpredictable. So is it worth

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Canned Project? 3 Big Reasons Why Your Project Has Been Cancelled

If the project you were busy working on has just been shelved then you might be feeling puzzled, frustrated or even angry. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem logical or even fair. It’s likely that your project has suffered the consequences of one of these 3 reasons: The excess of boom-times causes business leaders, in recession, to

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Sh.. IT Happens #5

Another installment of Sh..IT Happens, and another trip through the blogosphers for some of my favorite picks of the week. Brand You: how do you come across at work? Elizabeth Harrin writes a great post on her blog A Girls Guide to Project Management about personal branding in the workplace. She interviews Salma Shah who

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How To Find Work in Your Dream Organization Using Facebook And LinkedIn

By combining your LinkedIn profile with Facebook ads, you’ll discover an effective way of getting yourself in front of potential employers who use Facebook (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) It’s a guerrilla job-hunting tactic that enables you to search the hidden job market and find or even create the best jobs before they hit

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Cloud Computing IS a More Palatable Word for Outsourcing…

…if you were in any doubt. Cloud Computing is one of the most significant transformational innovations for IT in 2009. But what it achieves is not an innovation. The innovation is the dressing up of the word Outsourcing. Business NEEDS Cloud Computing, in general. It removes the cottage industries of IT infrastructure out of struggling

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Sh.. IT Happens #4

A week can seem a long time when you don’t have the comfort of a Microsoft Natural Keyboard, a coffee machine within spitting distance and an internet connection you can really rely on. So I had mixed feelings coming back from Egypt, until I was forced into a 500m detour when my flight couldn’t land

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Sh… IT Happens #2

Although you might not believe it, ‘other stuff’ has happened in the world besides the inauguration of Barack Obama… I’ve collected a few gems from across the web from last week – Leave Your Comments below! Communicating IT’s value using Project Portfolio Management Eric Brown on his blog EricBrown.com controversially states that "Business leadership has

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Lessons From The Field: How To Be a Rock Star with Your Sales Team

In your experience, how does IT actually help Sales? Is it continuous delivery of operational systems so Sales don’t get it in the neck from their clients? Is it providing technical knowledge to clients during the initial engagement, beauty parade and decision-making process? Is it just listening? Of course the first two are true. But

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Why Isn’t ‘Staying Employed’ in the Top Ten List of CIO Issues?

InformationWeek just announced the ‘Top Ten CIO Issues for 2009 ‘ and I was wondering why ‘Staying Employed’ didn’t feature on the list! If you believed everything you read in the newspapers or watched on TV, then we’ll all be out of work in 3 months. The economy will grind to a halt, so we’ll

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Book Review – The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business

The main thrust of this title is to show us that the technology and the Internet is exposing the shenanigans of corporations more than ever before. Web2.0 and social media technologies allows information to flow almost unimpeded through viral channels, and can stem from valued customers, pissed off employees and corporate terrorists alike. Although it’s

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How To Ask For a Fair Raise or Pay Increase During a Recession

Asking for a raise during a recession can give good reason for your boss to think you’re totally out of touch with what’s happening in the global economy, or maybe they’ll think you’re just insensitive to business issues. It’s a risky thing to do. What if you’re struggling to make ends meet yourself; perhaps you

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Essential Tips for non-US Freelancers Using Freelancer Marketplaces (e.g. Elance)

You might have learned this before – ALL freelancers should use Freelancer Marketplaces (such as Elance) for ALL their work (and somewhat obviously then) buyers who use freelancers should use them too. They bring to buyers and freelancers benefits that mustn’t be scoffed at. PROBLEM: The currency used is $USD, but what if you’re not

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