Do or do not. Have you ever met someone who’s a Teller? By Teller I mean… You meet the person for the first time and they begin by telling you what they want. And then they switch to telling you what to do. There’s no asking. There’s no listening. There is no understanding.
One bad apple spoils the tree. I once worked with a client that reached 100 employees. The COO was doing all of the hiring and so she decided it was time to hire an HR person. She hired wrong. There is really no other way to put it. The new HR person rude was rude, unprofessional and generally not a nice person to work with.
Can’t we all just get along? Historically there have been some challenges when sharing documents back and forth between Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 apps. The most notable of these exchanges has been between Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel. The workflow usually goes something like this. Someone makes a document in Excel and then emails it to a Google Sheets user. The Google Sheets user then opens the workbook in Sheets and makes some edits.
Life is a game of cops and robbers. One of the core skills needed to work in the tech space is problem solving. Sure it’s a life skill. But to be any good in the tech world. You’ll need to be really good at problem solving. Nothing sucks more than calling someone for tech support and hearing that looming silence of uncertainty on the phone. Or worse yet. Getting someone on the line who clearly doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Winning isn’t everything. Well. Actually it is. Being happy is winning. Being satisfied is winning. Being nice to your significant other is winning. I was reading the other day when I saw the words. Solid work doesn’t always win first place, but it’s always rewarding. And I thought to myself… You know, a silver medal isn’t that bad.
Growing up can be hard. Going from an unmanaged tech environment to a managed one can be challenging. One of the biggest challenges that people face when making the change to managed tech is tempering their DIY behaviors. We’re so used to watching do it yourself TV shows, learning things on YouTube, and tinkering. And that’s all good. But there’s a downside. And that is. We begin to associate DIY behaviors into other things, like your business. But managed tech doesn’t work like that.
Does a company’s culture match their tech? I think so. If your company is generally disorganized. Chances are your tech will also be—out of sorts. By the same token. If your company has a lot of rules and policies then more than likely… Will have tech with all sorts of intricacies with your tech, that may or may not need to be there. Chaos begets chaos. Calm begets calm.
Yesterday I was helping out on a technical issue at one of our clients. It was, what we like to call... An intermittent problem. Things would work fine for a while and then all of a sudden. They wouldn’t. Someone might call in and report a problem. We’d call them back. And then as fate would have it. There would be no problem.