What Your Powers of Observation Say About You

During the recent US Presidential election, some friends and I were in a bar watching a news story about a particular early-voting location in Clark County, Nevada, where I live. Being a bar, the sound on the TV was down, and closed captioning was on.

“Oh my God,” one friend said, “they’re going to invalidate all the votes in Clark County!”

“Um,” I said, “that’s a pretty strong conclusion to draw.

“No, that’s what it said right there!” he cried, pointing at the TV.

“No,” I replied, “it definitely did not. It said that they were challenging some of the votes cast at one polling location because they’re alleging it was open late, and the Secretary of State says all state rules were followed and nothing’s being done.”

This is one example observational skills, or lack thereof. Your observational skills tell other people a lot about you – what are you saying to them?

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Understanding Risk Assignment and Reward

There’s a fundamental element of business that I think a lot of people don’t fully understand – or even realize exists. Yet it’s such a driver of how business works that to not understand it is to not understand business itself, and to open the door for great frustration.

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Sample Code from Summit Workshop

DonTools – this is the sample code I created in my Sunday morning workshop at PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2017. Note that the recording will be available on YouTube in a week or so.

Rules Represent Failures

Grab a copy of your company’s employee handbook. Chances are, it’s more than a couple of pages long. If you’re at a large company, it’s probably huge, and filled with rules – including complex time-off provisions, dress codes, policies, and more. You might, in fact, find some of it to be pretty ridiculous.

But every rule in that handbook – and indeed, most rules in most parts of life – are the direct result of some failure in the past.

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Grammar Police: Cyber

The US government, in particular, is doing this a lot. “We have a big cyber initiative.” “We’re very concerned about cyber.” Cyber, cyber, cyber.

Online sex that loners engage in if they are too ugly and boring to get a real boyfriend/girlfriend.

Loner1: Hey wanna cyber?
Loner2: Sure, baby, let me virtually take my clothes off.
Loner1: This is so great.

by Ember November 10, 2003
So, yeah. If you’re not talking about your “big” online sex initiative, then it’s cyber security, folks. And if you’re concerned about online sex… well, okay. Me too. But also be concerned about cyber security, or, for the entire rest of the planet who isn’t pretending to live in a William Gibson novel, information security or infosec, which only vaguely sounds like infosex. 
Please point this out to people who try to engage you in “cyber” at work. It is harassment, and you shouldn’t have to put up with it.

Submit questions for “Ask Me Anything” with Jeffrey Snover

In just a week, we’ll be holding a live “Ask Me Anything” with Jeffrey Snover at PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2017. Now’s a great time to Help us queue up questions – drop yours in the comments below!

Pay Attention to the Person Behind the Curtain

After a tumultuous Presidential election here in the US – which I’m only beginning to be able to talk about without sweating – I wanted to offer a takeaway lesson that’s much broader than politics: Don’t watch the birdie.

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