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  • Great Scott! Linchpin People is Going… Back to SQL Saturday Atlanta!

    SQL Saturday #392 is happening THIS SATURDAY! I’m looking forward to returning to Atlanta, where almost everyone speaks without an accent. The schedule looks awesome! I’m excited that several Linchpins were selected to present because this means we’ll get to hang out in person. I’m also excited to see so many friends from #SQLFamily, too, ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 14, 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
  • Consulting 101: Viewing the Field

    It’s important for a consultant to be able jump into a situation and quickly evaluate and assess the dynamics involved, in order to serve the client efficiently and effectively and economically. While a lot of people dislike military metaphors, there are a lot of good lessons to learn from military thinking. This is one area where military lessons ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 30, 2015
  • 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 23, 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
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