As much as my appearance in the IT Pro Forum promotional video may indicate otherwise, I am not a super hero. I agreed to participate in the shoot partly because I wanted to renew the ever-important dialog about personal heroics in IT services. Yes, there are times that heroics come into play within IT, but they should not be our standard practice.
One of the reasons I joined the College of Media at the University of Illinois was because of my own feelings and interests about journalism, advertising, cinema, and the media. When I saw a posting around our building recruiting students to join an election reporting class, I decided to offer some additional time to the professors for the class.
In this journalism class, I have been spending time attending the Tuesday evening class, meeting with students during the week, and meeting with the professors as we assess progress and plan class activities. The opportunity has allowed me to bring not only my technical expertise and vision but also my political-news-junkie traits to help move the class forward.
Last week I attended the MOR IT Leadership Conference in Chicago as a means to refresh my leadership batteries, and it was quite effective at doing so. The first effect is that it reminded me why I used to write here, and I have to admit to making a horrible mistake in getting out of the practice of writing. I'll endeavor to not do that again. Now let's get up on the balcony.
When you work in IT, you spend the vast majority of your time focusing on making the experience of using technology better for other people. Sometimes though, you need to spend some "me" time thinking about how to use technology to make yourself more efficient and effective. This article dives into a few tools I use plus some problems I need to solve.