Book Review – Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change

I appreciate books that provide an easy-to-remember, visual framework for the key points. Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change, Second Edition is one of those books. The framework is a six-quadrant grid meant to help identify ways to influence key behaviors in ourselves and others. Read more on Book Review – Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change…

Tips for Making Persuasive Arguments

We can all agree that making persuasive arguments is both exceedingly critical to collaboration and exceedingly difficult. Thus, I’ve been delighted to work through a book on persuasion–The 7 Triggers to Yes. It’s a new favorite of mine, and in this post, I’ll share the seven triggers, discuss one in more detail, and describe some of the other great content in the book. Read more on Tips for Making Persuasive Arguments…

Three Benefits of Speaking at a Conference

I recently travelled to Kitchener, Canada, to speak at Targeting Quality 2016, a great little conference with a good range of speakers and topics. Going to conferences is a good way to learn and expand your network, and if you go to one as a speaker, there are a few more benefits –besides the obvious one of not having to buy a ticket!
Read more on Three Benefits of Speaking at a Conference…

Coding For Fun – How to Avoid Creating a Second Job

When I was in school, programming was my favorite pastime. Now I code for a living, and though I still enjoy it, I find it more difficult to code for fun. I consider “for fun” to be distinct from “kind of fun professional development that is work, if I’m being honest.” If you have the time and energy to, say, work on an iOS app outside of work, this article probably isn’t for you. You’re already occupied. Good job. For those of you who, like me, have at least three WIP smartphone apps that you don’t want to touch ever again, this post is for you. Read more on Coding For Fun – How to Avoid Creating a Second Job…