"Leading to Learning," Part 4: Advice for Leaders

Catch up with Part 3 (which has back-links to previous installments) if you’re not up to speed.

In the previous installment, I shared some of the common characteristics I’ve seen at companies who are really excellent at making learning one of their ordinary, day-to-day production outcomes. In this article, I want to share some specific “lessons learned” for leaders.

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Why Writing a Tech Book is so Hard

I’ve written a couple of dozen traditionally published IT books. I’m super-proud of like four of them. If you’re considering setting out to write a traditionally published book, know that it’s hard. Here’s why.

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Be a Part of PowerShell History (Please!)

I’ve decided to embark on what will doubtless be a months-long project: a book that covers the history of PowerShell, from its earliest inception to the shell we all know and use today. But I want to do more than just document the dry facts: I want to capture the impact.

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"Leading to Learning," Part 1: Here's Where We Are

I’ve been in a lot of recent discussions with people who work in tech within medium- and large-sized business. There’s been a common – by no means ubiquitous, but certainly common – thread that I want to spend some time pulling.

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How do I Get My Team Inspired to Learn?

From Twitter:

I’m a tier 3 Systems Engineer in a room of my teammates, tier 1 & 2. Informal discussion, tech meeting. I ask them what they want to learn or teach the team, and no one has response. What are we missing? What can I and other tier 3s do to inspire the others?

There’s a lot to unpack there, actually. Let’s begin.

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Whither Piña Colada?

So, it’s Christmas Eve Day. It’s cold outside. It’s raining. Blegh. And so obviously, I get to thinking about tropical cocktails, and piña colada drifts through my brain.

I know that piña means pineapple in Spanish. But colada? I mean, as far as I know, it means wash, with a kind of connotation for laundry. Washed pineapple?

And so down the rabbit hole I go.

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