[Disney] Imagineering Marching Orders

I love little more than Armchair Imagineering. And although I recognize how freaking busy WDI is these days, and how much capital Disney is sinking into their parks worldwide… I have needs.

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What @Facebook, @twitter, and the Like Could do to Make a Positive Impact

Scarcely a day goes by, it seems, when a social media company isn’t called out for doing something horrible. And it’s largely justified: the way most people use social media, and the way the platforms themselves are built, facilitates negativity. But there’s something they could all do to change that, and it’d be easy.

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Listen: How Do You Demonstrate a Skill Like Leadership on a Job Hunt?

A fantastic chat with a job hunter who asks, “I believe I’ve got plenty of leadership skills – how do I communicate that to prospective employers?” But the entire conversation applies to any skill you’re trying to communicate, along with seriously sage advice for where to prioritize your time and investments as you seek a new job. And frankly, it applies just as much to promotions as it does to a job move.

“Leading to Learning,” Part 5: Advice for Learners

Be sure to read Part 4 (and the preceding parts) if you’re not caught up.

In the last installment, I focused on some takeaways that business leaders can consider for making learning a more “production-like” part of a tech environment. This time, I want to wrap-up with some takeaways for learners.

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The Process of Writing a Traditionally Published Tech Book

On the heels of yesterday’s lament about why writing tech books is so hard, I thought I’d lay out the typical process that an author has to go through to get a book published. Now mind, this is kind of an “archetype” process; I’ve worked with a half-dozen publishers in my career, and they all have slight variations on this.

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“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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Listen: Enterprise Architecture

Our first episode looks at Enterprise Architecture: what is it? Who is it for? How do you get into it?

(Acknowledging that the audio needs work – this is totally listen-able, but there’s a bit of a learning curve on these multi-person interviews!)