The Ideal Team Player

The Ideal Team Player

jackassIt’s like ‘Where’s Waldo’ out there trying to find the ideal team player. Especially with automated application systems, outsourcing recruiting to a company that doesn’t understand your culture intimately, and utilizing outdated standard interview questions. Where is that individual that will get the culture, have little ego, does the job well, have interpersonal skills, and in terms of the book, “isn’t a jackass”?

Well, there’s a book for that! The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick M. Lencioni.

Sure, you are skeptical; there are tons of books on tons of subjects. What makes this different? Awesomeness, that is what. OK, but seriously, I started it in the later part of the morning and finished late that evening. If I didn’t have other activities in between, it would have been a lot sooner. I did not want to put it down! Was it short? Yes, compared to a Tom Clancy novel. The thing was it is not like your typical non-fiction business book. It was pretty fun to read.

the-ideal-team-player-full-venn-diagramTwo-thirds of the book is a fable about a company’s executive team prepping to take on two huge projects that require them to hire 60 people…then, while at the same time, trying to fix some employee concerns. The fable is well written with great dialogue. The other third of the book is more along the lines of what you would expect to find in a business book; however, it is at the end. It basically just explains and dives deeper into the three virtues discovered in the fable.

So, you ready to find your Waldos and Waldettes? Good, go throw down 13 George Washingtons, get this book, open up your favorite note taking app, set aside four hours, and have some fun. You will not regret it.

So here is a question to the community: “What is your favorite business book?”

Thank you for your time,

Jeremiah D Shepard
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For those who read my posts, thank you. Please note these are written by an individual that does not have a degree in writing or journalism… I simply put down what I think or feel and those thoughts and feelings do not represent opinions of my current or previous employers.
 
About the author: Jeremiah is a PMP and ITIL Expert who strives to align IT with the Business while making things easier. He is a life-long learner that enjoys sharing thoughts and ideas. He leads by SHEPARD-ING—to guide and direct team members and organizations in a particular direction through servant leadership and the sharing of knowledge.

 

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The End Of A Chapter

The End Of A Chapter

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After nearly six years, a chapter in my life is coming to an end. I have so much to be thankful for during my time at Dell Services (now NTT Data). I have met so many people, and not only gained good business relationships but some great friendships as well. My knowledge around leadership, project management, service management, and IT, in general, has grown immeasurably. I have had great lessons learned from my successes and my failures.

dell-services-to-nttDell Services has presented me with an opportunity to focus on what I want to do and gain a passion around project management. I had great management support around my goals, and I am extremely thankful for John, Jason, and Vinny for that. I gained more knowledge around project management, including more about waterfall, agile, and SDLC (software development lifecycle). I also learned and became an expert in ITIL. This gave me the opportunity to do a lot of process and service improvements to make tasks easier and more efficient.

Working for a global company, I have sharpened my communication skills and was able to successfully lead cross-functional teams, no matter the location. This also led me to learn from a multitude of different perspectives. I find that quite invaluable.

I am going on a stay-cation prior to starting the next chapter in my life. Stay tuned for that!

So here is a question to the community: “What is one of the greatest things you are thankful for in your current role?”

Thank you for your time,

Jeremiah D Shepard
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0-about-the-authorThis was originally posted on http://www.JeremiahShepard.com. For those who read my posts, thank you. Please note these are written by an individual that does not have a degree in writing or journalism… I simply put down what I think or feel and those thoughts and feelings do not represent opinions of my current or previous employers.
 
About the author: 
Jeremiah is a PMP and ITIL Expert who strives to align IT with the Business while making things easier. He is a life-long learner that enjoys sharing thoughts and ideas. He leads by SHEPARD-ING—to guide and direct team members and organizations in a particular direction through servant leadership and the sharing of knowledge.

 

Sometimes, I Hate ‘Reply to All’

Sometimes, I Hate ‘Reply to All’

I get back from lunch and there are over 300 unread emails! What has happened?! Anyone that has worked in a big corporation I bet knows…

Someone sends an informational email out, and it may not pertain to someone 100% and all of a sudden, they think they are a part of a distribution list (DL) that they shouldn’t be. Then, they have this great idea to hit that little ‘Reply to All’ button and state “I shouldn’t be a part of this DL, please remove me.” Then, a lot of someones decide to follow suit and hit ‘Reply to All’ and say, “Yeah, me neither!”

reply-all-memeThen, some other individuals get a different, even greater idea, they hit ‘Reply to All’ to say “Stop replying to all”. Not only hypocritical but just making it worse. Then, there are those other people who like to have fun and send memes or funny jokes while this is all going on. So, what do I do? Right click on the email, and left click ‘Ignore’ towards the bottom of the pop-up menu. Now, I will no longer receive that chain of emails. It also deletes all the ones that I have already received, too.

I breathe a sigh of relief.

BAM! The inbox blows up again. A few someones at the same time all had this collective greatest idea ever! Let’s hit ‘Reply to All’ and change the subject to say “Re: <original subject> STOP REPLYING ALL” with different variations. My right click ‘ignore’ cannot keep up with madness.

Sometimes, I hate ‘Reply to All’.

Thank you for your time,

Jeremiah D Shepard
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0-about-the-authorThis article was originally posted on http://www.JeremiahShepard.com. For those who read my posts, thank you. Please note these are written by an individual that does not have a degree in writing or journalism… I simply put down what I think or feel and those thoughts and feelings do not represent opinions of my current or previous employers.
 
About the author: 
Jeremiah is a PMP and ITIL Expert who strives to align IT with the Business while making things easier. He is a life-long learner that enjoys sharing thoughts and ideas. He leads by SHEPARD-ING—to guide and direct team members and organizations in a particular direction through servant leadership and the sharing of knowledge.

Of All The Careers, Why Project Management?

Of All The Careers, Why Project Management?

pm-sticky-notesThat is a great question! Thanks for asking. This somewhat intersects with a portion of The Road To Knowledge. After I got married and had two layoffs due to a merger and then a bankruptcy; I decided I need to find a career more in line with my vocation and become more marketable, as opposed to just finding a job.

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Book Synopsis: Quitter

Book Synopsis: Quitter

quitterBook: Quitter
Author: Jon Acuff
Format: Hardback, Kindle, Audible
Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Lampo Press
Publication Date: May 5, 2011
Review Date: June 14, 2016

I believe this is my first book review. Maybe it shouldn’t be review, but rather a synopsis. Or a recommendation or not a recommendation. I honestly don’t know what it is; this entry had a mind of its own. It transformed into two posts.

The book in question, Quitter: Closing The Gap Between Your Day Job And Your Dream Job by Jon Acuff. A book that has been on my backlog shelf for years. I discovered him when Dave Ramsey started promoting other personalities/authors/speakers more and more.

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