Archive for June, 2009

More Thoughts on Twitter




First of all, let me say that Twitter has dramatically improved their service – I haven’t seen the fail whale logo since April which is pretty amazing given the growth that Twitter is continuing to experience these last two months and the massive surge in tweets in the days immediately following Michael Jackson’s death.

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Taking Advantage of a Month of Rain




Now every lawn in New England looks like Augusta

Now every lawn in New England looks like Augusta

The school-yard chants can be heard all over New England, “Rain, Rain go away…”. Like many things in life you can’t control the weather and even though this isn’t the weather you’d choose to have – you can either gripe about or take advantage of it. I’ve chosen to do a bit of both.

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Thoughts on Sales Engineering




to paraphrase the old saying, "when you have a hammer to sell you think everyone's problem is a nail"

to paraphrase the old saying, "when you have a hammer to sell you think everyone's problem is a nail"

Sometimes I’ve heard Sales Engineers nicknamed “sales preventers” because  they understand why a product isn’t a good fit for a particular client’s needs preventing a potential deal. Knowing when and how to highlight a potential deal’s issues requires a delicate balance. and good communication skills.  

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Waiting tables is a great training ground




"Sir, the specials tonight are....very special"

"Sir, the specials tonight are….very special"

Few jobs besides waiting tables allow for unbridled experimentation coupled with unparalleled immediate feedback  in the form of cold hard cash, or lack thereof, .

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7 reasons Gardening is like Managing




Managing a team and gardening share many similarities. Recently while planting seeds in rich soil full of compost and manure I thought about just how similar managing and gardening really are. So here are the 7 ways Gardening and Managing are similar. There are more, of course, but I thought 7 was a good start.

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