“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”Locked
General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army as quoted by Tom Peters in Reimagine, DK 2003
Some people in this camp are Certified, some may just be certifiable. Most, I would venture, feel their technical skills are unparalleled (or at least awesome).
20 Years experience! Great!
Awesome projects! Awesome!
Great references! Neat!
MCSE – Terrific!
CCIP – Super!
MBA – Wow!
MSCS – Cool!
Etc., Etc., Etc.
You (and me) and 90,000 other people!!!!!!
What makes you/us different?
Let’s not be lulled by the prospects of economic recovery and a skilled labor shortage into thinking we will get engagements soley based on our technical skills, academic accomplishments, experience, certifications, references, etc.
In today’s world, those qualifications are ONLY the price of admission!!!
To differentiate ourselves, we must DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES!
We must stand out from the crowd, get noticed, and offer a value proposition that is unique, interesting, and compelling.
One way to do that is by association (or as I like to call it – guilt by association). Who you hang out with to a large extent defines who you are (in the eyes of the rest of world if not your own).
Another way is to take a stand – or have a position/opinion. Of course this is risky. But as they say – no risk no reward.
1)Associate with people who share similar POSITIVE values
2) Stand out! Sure it’s different. That’s the point!
3) Promote a different IT business model. If you dont like the game – Change the rules!
3) Take a risk – What’s with this love stuff anyway? BUT – The only people who will be alienated are the people who DON’T share our values (aren’t we tired of them anyway?)
4) CREATE/BUILD/LEVERAGE a network of professionals that back us up when we walk into a Client’s office. .NET No problem – PHP no problem – CICS NO PROBLEM.
The point is, to make a change in our life – we MUST do SOMETHING DIFFERENT than we are doing now.