attitude

Complaining is not a strategy

“Complaining is not a strategy. You have to work with the world as you find it, not as you would have it be.”

~ Jeff Bezos

On humble pie and being excellent

Two good quotes from the last few days:

“Humble pie is good for everyone.” ~ Broncos DE Derek Wolfe

“Be excellent to each other.” ~ someone at a Meetup, talking about social interactions

Geno Auriemma shares his thoughts ...

Geno Auriemma shares his thoughts about who he recruits, and how he handles people who are sulking and always thinking about themselves. A favorite quote: “a tremendous appreciation for when teammates do something well.”

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

The karma of a pessimist

“You will not be punished for your anger.
You will be punished by your anger.”

Buddha

As you can tell from this book, when I was young, I was a pessimistic person, but as I grew older, I worked hard to change my attitude into a positive, can-do person. If you think you can’t change your attitude, I’m living proof that you can.

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

What an employer looks for in an employee

“There is no ‘try’”

Yoda

As a small business owner, I classify employees in three categories:

  1. If employees have basic good qualities, I’d try to keep them through good times and bad.
  2. If they were “problem” employees I got rid of them very quickly.
  3. If employees had exceptional performance, they got the big raises, and I considered them as potential business partners.

Here’s a quick look at those three categories.

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

Section 5: Your Consulting Career

At this point the pure “consulting” portion of this book has ended. As a bonus section to this book, I’ve included a collection of short stories that are related to your “career” in general.

Because I worked at least ten different jobs before graduating college, then started my career as an aerospace engineer, then switched to being a Unix Administrator, then a Programmer, and then a Programming Consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to see hundreds of work situations, and I’ve thought a lot about what I wanted in my career.