Category: Personal

The difference between caring and caring enough to do something

LinkedIn and Google+ with Jake Calabrese

So this LinkedIn and Google+ post is long overdue, I know. I’m excited to say that I got to work with my good friend Jake Calabrese on it when I saw him a few weeks ago in Denver. Jake has been doing some interesting branding work as well with the launch of his new site www.vimstreet.com. He also had some great information to share, including this, which makes me feel better about this delayed post: “´╗┐Above all – you should not be stressed about social media. If you are, you need to slow down or back off. You should be learning, sharing, helping, contributing at a pace that is comfortable. You CAN’T read every tweet or linked blog – it’s not possible. Read a few, share some things, move on to other items.” -J.C.

Review of Lean In book

In a break from my personal branding series I have posted a review of Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg on the Women In Agile site. There are some book club type questions to get the discussion started. I’d love to hear what others are thinking, good or bad. Enjoy!

Blogging – the what and how; co-post with Jesse Fewell

I’ve mentioned blogging as an important part of your personal brand numerous times. If you’ve been following my earlier posts, I talk about blogger’s block, and securing your domain for a blog. But what does a good blog look like? How should you make your blog stand out to gain readership? I have a few ideas and I also reached out to my good friend and successful Agile blogger, Jesse Fewell, (@jessefewell) to get his thoughts.

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Overcoming blogger’s block and making the time to blog

On my quest for Agile blogging notoriety, I am often faced with the dilemma of what to blog about and how often. Some books advise daily blogging, some weekly, though all say more is better. But who has the time? And the ideas? So how to solve this problem? I don’t think there is really one solution, just some mitigation techniques and advice I can offer. Here are some things I do to document my ideas for blogs and try and blog more frequently.

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Personal Retrospective – a look back on the past year

As I look back at the past year of my life, I realize how much I have learned from Agile 2012 to Agile 2013. Yes, I should be learning things every year, in fact I strive to learn every day, but in the past year I have learned exponential amounts more than in the past years of my life. I wonder if this is a phenomenon that many people realize at points in their lives, or every year? I have not just learned about Agile and gained work experience (though I have done those things) but I have also learned some huge life lessons and learned a lot about myself.