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  • Professional Development - A Recipe for Success

    My (Joe) father-in-law spent most of his adult life as a cardiologist. That's a highly specialized and highly technical area in the field of medicine that deals with the heart. Not every physician can claim to be a cardiologist. It requires rigorous training under the close supervision of an existing cardiologist. That period of training and ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 6, 2015
  • Professional Development - What a Difference 60 Years Makes

    In 1957, the Soviet-made Sputnik streaked across the sky in low earth orbit. It was clearly visible to millions of concerned Americans. The Soviet government had leapfrogged America technologically. The dot that traversed the nighttime sky marked a change in international politics and fueled the engine that became America's space program.Another ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 30, 2015
  • Professional Development - Set the Bar High

    Henry Ford is reported to have once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t - you’re right.”That’s great insight. Too often people place self-imposed and artificial limitations on themselves. They tell themselves that they cannot accomplish something because they aren’t smart enough or don’t have enough creativity. They close ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 23, 2015
  • Professional Development - Interviews are a Two-way Street

    I was recently chatting with a friend who was seeking advice about difficulties in their job. This was a job which, a year ago, she described as her dream job. It quickly became evident to her that it was actually a nightmare job. The company, her coworkers, and her boss were all dysfunctional in one or more ways and it was making her life ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 16, 2015
  • Professional Development - The Stradivarius of Teams

    A world-class violinist was on campus for an artist-in-residence program. While at lunch he was discussing what he perceived to be the similarities between management and great music. Said the violinist, “I have glorious music, a splendid instrument, and an exquisite bow. All I need to do is bring them all together and get out of the way.”I ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 9, 2015
  • Professional Developement - Digging for Gold

    Andrew Carnegie, once the wealthiest man on earth, came from humble beginnings. As a young boy, he worked a number of odd jobs. His hard work, industrious nature, and persistence eventually led him to become the largest steel manufacturer in the United States.Once, during an interview, Carnegie was asked how he had hired 43 millionaires. At ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 2, 2015
  • Advice to New Tech Bloggers

    If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I travel and speak quite a lot. (Bizarre fact - I've been blogging since 2004 when blogging was a new thing). A frequent question I'm asked at these events and afterwards in email is ''I want to start blogging, but don't know where to start. What do you recommend?'' This is a such a ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 30, 2015
  • Hello, World! Encore Edition aka Good-bye, Microsoft

    Moving On After nearly nine years at Microsoft, I’ve chosen to move on. I’ve accepted a position at Fusion-io—now a SanDisk company—as Worldwide SQL Server Solutions Architect where I’ll be evangelizing, documenting best practices, collaborating directly with the Windows & SQL product teams & other partners, doing cutting-edge ...
    Posted to Jimmy May (Weblog) by aspiringgeek on January 28, 2015
  • Four New Slide Decks for SQL Server and IT Pros from the DevLink 2014 Conference

    I always enjoy presenting at the DevLink conference, presented each summer in middle Tennessee.  This year, I'm trying to be a better social media person and actually post my slides (in their most recent forms) on my SlideShare account for everyone to see and share. If you attended my session(s) and enjoyed them, feel free to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 29, 2014
  • Writing and Delivering a Successful Full-Day Technology Seminar

    I was recently chatting with the current President of PASS, Thomas LaRock (Twitter | Blog), and Pieter Vanhove (Twitter | Blog), a prominent SQL Server consultant and expert in Belgium, about how I go about building and presenting a full-day technical seminar. In the SQL Server world, we tend to call these ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 6, 2014
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