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T-SQL Tuesday: Personality Clashes, Style Collisions, and Differences of Opinion

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Published Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:30 AM by andyleonard

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Bennett McEwan said:

You describe ego as if it's a bad thing. Ego isn't bad, it's a simple variable in our interactions with others, and being aware of the egos on both sides (both yours and the person across the table) is critical to positive interaction outcome.

I think what you're describing is that in our business interactions, we need to make sure we're arguing our interest. Too often our pride can get in the way of our interest, and we'll sabotage what could have been a win/win for both sides.

There's a good subject for your next blog, Andy - "Argue your interest."

December 15, 2010 4:16 PM

andyleonard said:

Hi Ben,

  As always, you are correct. I was communicating a combination of errors that start with one downside of introducing ego into the mix.

  One salient point I forgot to mention is: In general, I find gifted people in the SQL Server community who either lack or have learned to control pride. I find little guile when I hang out with smart people, and that's refreshing.

  Thanks for continuing to follow my blog. As you can see, I continue to attempt to communicate what you taught me about manegement. I really appreciate the follow-up post suggestion! But I think you should write it on "Ben's Business Blog" and I will link to it!

  I miss working for you sir.


December 15, 2010 4:50 PM

RichB said:

Reently finished Drive.  Rather interesting I thought.

Have a go at How to Drive a Tank (Frank Coles) if you have a few spare minutes you don't mind losing.

March 22, 2011 12:35 PM

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