Embrace your inner Hedgehog!

As I was sorting out my office and getting new furniture setup I came across some scratch notes from when I listened to the audio of Jim Collin’s Good to Great book last year. The notes were about the hedgehog concept in particular and it is a pretty interesting concept. I strongly believe it was one of the motivating factors …

Exceptional DBA 2012 Finalist – What exactly got me there?

As you may know from my pestering, this year I am one of five finalists in the Exceptional DBA awards. Each year I make the effort to enter into the Exceptional DBA competition. I do not do this to win, but to reflect on my accomplishments from the previous year. This past year has seen a lot of changes for …

A Day in the life of: Me – A DBA Team lead

After reading through Erin Stellato’s (blog | twitter) TSQL2SDAY topic & reponses I was inspired to log one of my days. I decided that July 30, 2012 would be that day. Here’s how that day evolved:

A day in the life of: (preamble)

I just started following #tsql2sday on twitter when I saw a post by Erin Stellato (blog | twitter) with the topic of July. The topic selected was to describe a day in your life as a DBA. I’m a little late to the party, but I  took some notes today and will work on them as time as this week permits. …

Whoa!!!

Yeah…that about covers it I think. The other day I was sitting at my desk, like always, nose down and figuring out our latest issue with the migration process at my current client. I had my headphones in streaming something from Pandora (probably AWOLNation’s ‘SAIL’ channel I created – listen here) when my phone bleeped. “You have mail” it implied. …

Becoming Brave

If you had a chance to change your fate, would you? – Princess Merida For many years I worked as a full time employee (FTE) at many places. The majority of DBAs I have met state that they became a DBA by “accident”. They worked as something else and had to eventually take over the roles of a DBA due …