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My First Month at Microsoft




I didn't have this verbatim conversation per se – but it aptly captures the work intensity here at Microsoft.

Somehow I made it through the gauntlet of interviews and Microsoft decided to hire me. Yea, I don’t believe it either. Even after a month, it still feels a little unreal each morning when I swipe my badge – I keep waiting for the light to turn red and for someone to come out and say this has all been a big mistake and that they’ll have to take my badge….But so far it hasn’t happened.

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Perceptions About Where You Work




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I recently joined a new company and it’s been interesting watching people’s reactions when they learn where I now work.

Previously I’ve served in the Navy, worked for a children’s toy retailer, for an IT outsourcer and for a large company that made cell phones and software among other things. Now I work for Microsoft. (And to be clear this entire blog is my own personal effort and is not endorsed in any way or edited by Microsoft.)

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Return of the CLMs




As the saying goes, if something is working why stop doing it? The topic of CLMs, aka Career Limiting Moves, has generated over 10 times my normal mail volume, all from people telling me stories about CLMs they’ve seen or committed. We’ve all seen CLMs,  a lucky few of us have even made and survived CLMs, but apparently the unifying thread is we all love to talk about CLMs. 

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Is Troubleshooting Becoming a Lost Art?




The logo of Naval Submarine School

The logo of Naval Submarine School

I recently helped solve an intermittent network/server problem for a client. This problem had been confounding the IT staff of this firm for quite a while and although this wasn’t why I was on site it was impacting my ability to complete my specific consulting  work. So I stepped in and started troubleshooting the problem in hopes of getting it fixed so I could get back to work.

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