I am on vacation – yippee – in
New Mexico. I am pleased to be presenting posts while I am gone from
several blogging buddies. I know you will find what they have to write
interesting. There are two kinds of posts:
- Some folks are providing a post about whatever interests them.
- Some folks have graciously agreed to answer a set of questions I offered a couple weeks back.
I thank all my contributors!
Here is a post by Bob whose blog is called, A Free Agent in Training!
Hi, everyone. Guest blogger BobW here. I’ve been reading Lisa’s blog for quite a while,
and finally got the chance to meet her at the Dan Pink ( http://www.danpink.com/aboutdp.php )
talk here recently. What a dynamic lady! I’m honored to share some thoughts here on Management Craft.
(augh, shucks Bob, thanks!)
What do you do?
I’m a technical trainer at SQLSoft+ in Bellevue, Washington, specializing in
Oracle and SQL Server databases. I’m also a freelance technical writer (http://www.bwatkins.com). My personal brand statement is: "Communicating Technology in Person and Print."
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like teaching because basically, I’m a ham. I like showing off, and I like talking
about computers. I’d probably do it for free (don’t tell my manager I said that!)
Technical material can be pretty dry sometimes, so I try to do fun things to keep people
awake. Like doing my morning review sessions Jeopardy -style, complete
with the theme song and game board!
What drives you insane?
Is it my imagination, or have restaurants gotten steadily louder the past few years?
I blogged about this: a study says it’s now almost as noisy as a rock concert in some places.
How many blogs do you read?
I use NewsGator to pull new blog posts into Outlook, where I can scan them when I read my mail. I’m currently tracking about a dozen blogs, equally balanced between technical topics (Oracle and Microsoft database technologies) and business topics (Management Craft, Tom Peters, Church of the Customer, among others.)
What do you look for in a blog?
Quality of the content first, and a real human voice or point of view second.
It’s hard to get that balance. Some of the most imaginative, off-the-wall blogs are also drivel: who cares what you had for breakfast, or who your boyfriend is cheating on you with? At the other extreme
are the techie blogs that are dull, dull, dull but I have to read them to keep up. Lisa’s got a nice balance: real tips I can use, but her unique voice comes through as well.
How do you think your work world will change in the next 5 years?
The world of work is changing radically. Trends like globalization, automation, and the growth of the Internet are going to push a lot of people into self-employment, and most of us are not going to be ready for it. Self-employment has been a totally custom experience thus far, with each person re-learning and re-inventing the basic business management processes they need to stay solvent.
So it’s a dilemma: we can’t scale up self-employment, and yet we must.