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Random House Dictionary: geek [geek] -noun Slang.  1.) A computer expert or enthusiast. Collins English Dictionary: geek (gi:k) -noun. 1.) A person who is preoccupied with or very knowledgeable about computing. While there are lots of secondary definitions (“a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken”…. seriously?), the term…

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Okay, before anybody flames me, hear me out. I agree that leadership development programs have their merits.  Experiencing multiple areas of the business quickly and receiving training opportunities you may not otherwise receive make leadership development programs very inviting and desirable for career advancement.  However, for my own career path, I politely declined

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Ahh, technology evaluations.  Sometimes conducted in earnest, sometimes completely fabricated to justify a favorite, but always emotional.  It may seem odd, but people get quite emotionally attached to their favorite enterprise technologies, which makes leading an objective tech eval challenging.  You know how much you love your phone?  That’s also how much someone can love financial reporting software.

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There are a few words and phrases I refuse to utter at work, such as roflcopter (too few people would get it), Barack Obama (no politics, thank you very much), and socialize (that corporate buzzword needs to die). But perhaps a more unexpected phrase I refuse to say at work is “I don’t know.”

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Yesterday, an infographic was posted on Mashable about the rising popularity of online education.  It shares statistics such as how the University of Phoenix is the largest university in the United States, enrolling more than 500,000 students.  And how the London School of Business and Finance launched the Global MBA last year, delivered entirely through a Facebook app.  Some of…

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As someone who has narrowly escaped death by Powerpoint more times than I care to remember, I spend a lot of time thinking about how not to subject others to the same.  Working in IT, a lot of presentations are developed by us techies, analysts, and geeks.  And if you know anything about techies, analysts, and geeks, you know that…

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I’m actually ridiculously intimidated by you.  Yes, you. I work in the Information Technology organization of a Fortune 150 company.  Through this blog, I’ll be sharing observations and lessons learned in IT project management, executive communications, people management, and professional development.  Most of what I’m writing about are things I didn’t learn from a textbook or management magazine

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