Summer of Management, Part 2: Dealing with Difficult People

I love going to trainings, and this one did not disappoint. In fact, it ended up being one of those experiences I feel like everyone should have a chance to do at least once. Sorry, naked guy, but this class ended up being more about managing relationships with coworkers, direct reports, and supervisors than the…

Summer of Management, Part 1: How to Be an Assertive Manager

Ahh, Fred Pryor Seminars. I’m such a fan of your affordable, just-the-facts professional trainings. Pryor is the company my org contracts with for outside trainings. The first one I signed up for was Excel, and when I walked in, the room had no computers. Great, I thought, I guess this is what I get for taking…

SQL Camp for two (nerds): LIVE BLOG, with bonus: Tech Fear

12:22pm. I’m here in Oakland with my friend Rebekah, and we are ready to spend Saturday afternoon learning SQL! Total transparency, we have been pronouncing it “sequel.” The guy on the Lynda video is saying “ess kyew ell.” We are unsettled. 12:25pm. Narrator: “some people try to pronounce SQL as if it had vowels, like…

Shifting Gears at #alaac17

I’m in Chicago, sitting in my best friend’s living room, having coffee and listening to Heart. I got married last month in this house, two towns away from the one I grew up in, 2000 miles from where I live now. The journeys life takes us on, huh? It’s June 2017 and I have been a…