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    “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

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    by redragtoabull ·

    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.

    So WHAT!????

    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.

    ~ Will
    people.love.technology
    http://www.MLGRocksIT.com

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    • #3326423

      I’ll get right on that

      by dafe2 ·

      In reply to “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

      First, I need to paint my toe nails & take a nap.
      That’s my stand….aren’t you proud?

    • #3326296

      I’m sorry to have to tell you

      by tony hopkinson ·

      In reply to “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

      but you are coming across as a complete twonk, and I never associate with twonks.

      It gives you a very bad rep.

      Just off to paint my nails, so I can stand out with all the other people who paint theirs.

      • #3324552

        No Pain No Gain

        by redragtoabull ·

        In reply to I’m sorry to have to tell you

        Thanks for your feedback – I really do appreciate it.

        “The only people who will be alienated are the people who DON’T share our values (aren’t we tired of them anyway?)”

        • #3324534

          Maybe you’re not such a

          by tony hopkinson ·

          In reply to No Pain No Gain

          twonk after all. LOL
          I stand out everywhere I go. Anybody misses me, I wave, and they notice my nails.
          What are you actually trying to achieve ?
          An association of technicians who can force their own point of view on business?

          If your objective is in the interest of business no force is required, if it isn’t then it’s suicide technically speaking.

        • #3324440

          I must be

          by redragtoabull ·

          In reply to Maybe you’re not such a

          a twonk – I dont get the references to nails 🙁

          Achieve? I guess I am trying to find people who are more interested in making a positive change than complacently bemoaning their current challenges.

          No force required, only enough people with similar views and goals.

          Billions of people out there – if the connections are made among clients and consultants (both integral parts of the “business”) who share common positive values, then, technically speaking, no one would need to force anything on anyone.

        • #3324437

          I knew we met!

          by dafe2 ·

          In reply to I must be

          Your one of those airport guys in the whitesheets
          handing out leaflets!

          Could have waved back yesterday you know. 🙁

        • #3324431

          I did

          by redragtoabull ·

          In reply to I knew we met!

          You missed it.

        • #3324357

          One of us in the wrong thread then !

          by tony hopkinson ·

          In reply to I must be

          I’ve never been complacent, and never will be. Go to work for five years wondering whether your employer will still be in business when you get there.

          I love challenges, my cv looks like a history lesson in Business IT development. In the last year(ish) I’ve added Linux, VB, PHP, Perl, & MySQL to a skillset that started commercially in 1986. No badges, no bits of paper, just the skill, talent, enthusiasm, drive and brains that turned me from a clerical assistant in 81 to a Senior Software Design Engineer.

          Now what was it I needed you for again ?

        • #3324356

          Sorry

          by redragtoabull ·

          In reply to One of us in the wrong thread then !

          I was NOT referring to you sir. Why is it that everyone in these forums wants to immediately get defensive, agressive and personal?

          I must be in the wrong (thread).

          Sorry.

        • #3324142

          Not a problem

          by tony hopkinson ·

          In reply to Sorry

          My aoplogies too sir, I just read your bio. I’d somehow got the impression, you were some young gun baby business type.
          Sort of explains us getting off on completely the wrong foot.
          Some of our posters like chucking a bomb in the crowd and watching the fun, many more us like to join in the confusion.
          It’s not all flaming though, all the regular posters have their likes and dislikes, but there are some very reasoned and informative discussions, technological and otherwise. I learn something new every time I log in.
          None of the experienced types are going to go for that spiel at the top though, and there’s a heck of a lot of them in this forum on a regular basis.
          You’d be much better off with less polish and more content. Some might not agree with you but they may take the trouble to tell you why.

          PS When you collect a few new borns do not throw them in the deep end, the analogy breaks down at that point and most of the poor bu**ers will drown.

          I did give you both barrels didn’t I, a tip though.
          What you write here and what we read can be very different.

          PS use the change site alias function that url is like a red rag to a bull.

    • #3327259

      Common sense?

      by cloudedyoda ·

      In reply to “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

      People are born to want to be different and stand out from the crowd.

      Be different and stand out from the rest. Hey, it is not as easy as it sounds. Many ppl try hard to do it all their life, offering unique services and product.

      I propose being normal. So everybody tries to be different, then you will be different from those who stand out. ROFL!

    • #3324122

      Thanks

      by redragtoabull ·

      In reply to “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

      For the tip Tony!

      • #3323303

        Good handle pardner

        by tony hopkinson ·

        In reply to Thanks

        Now Oz can start to take you seriously.

        OK what’s the deal, leave out all the altruism, my bs filters are strained from some of the other threads.
        You want to make lots of money by …

        • #3343738

          Technology at ITs Peak

          by redragtoabull ·

          In reply to Good handle pardner

          Seems like the “subscribe” feature of these threads works arbitrarily… Got some email notices of earlier posts and then …poof ether.

          I want to make lots of money by:

          1) Working with people who are not out to screw other people and who in fact understand the potential for exponential increases in value (productivity, attention to quality, job satisfaction) that is possible when

          2) Jobs/projects etc., are relationship based – not transaction based and

          3) the financial side of the equation is balanced i.e., Consultants are receiving roughly the financial equivalent of what the Clients are paying for.

          Sounds simple enough right?

        • #3322141

          Too simple almost

          by tony hopkinson ·

          In reply to Technology at ITs Peak

          I’d certainly be interested, but my experience has been that clients only look at things till period end.
          Get buy in from your consultants.
          I always try to give quality, it’s amazing how many times cheap wins the day though, even if it won’t win the month.
          There are cowboy consultants out there , but the injuns are more of a problem at the moment.
          To get thi off the ground you need to forge links between consultants and consultants and consultants and clients.

        • #3322113

          Yep

          by redragtoabull ·

          In reply to Too simple almost

          That’s the idea. Check out http://www.mlgocksit.com/mchome

          also I’m on linkedin.com if your interested.

          Thanks!

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