used to get annoyed when a song would get to the “musical interlude” section. It seemed mandatory and not really necessary for the song to be whole. It was as if the interlude was there to give the vocalist or whoever was leading the song a chance to take a breather. For me, it was … Continue reading The Best Musical Interludes
For me, formulas are a killer when it comes to music. Most commercial music is the product of some formula devised more to sell records, to appeal to the most people more quickly and elicit a purchase response than to create art! That is why disco was an abomination in the 70's. Rock 'power' ballads … Continue reading The Ballad
My Music Discovery Part 1 – Detroit
My formative music listening years were the days when classic rock was simply called rock! Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Aerosmith and Bad Company were mainstays on Detroit Radio. I was a consummate listener. I memorized playlists. I maintained band bios. I transcribed lyrics (this was before the internet). What else does a geeky … Continue reading My Music Discovery Part 1 – Detroit
My Music Discovery Part 2 – The Spirit of Radio
Rush had a hit single from its Permanent Waves album titled "The Spirit of Radio." I was a huge Rush fan. (Neil Peart's last name is pronounced 'Peert', not 'Pert'.) I loved their stuff which satisfied my need for rock music that had just a bit more than the typical verse-chorus arrangements that were so … Continue reading My Music Discovery Part 2 – The Spirit of Radio
Evolution of the CIO
I attended a conference recently and one of the topics was the changing face of information technology. The speaker caused a stir when he made the assertion that today’s CIO will cease to exist within 10 years. The agitation he caused was especially pronounced since most of the audience was made up of CIO’s. The … Continue reading Evolution of the CIO
Music Thank You
I originally thought I would create and maintain a blog about management and more specifically, IT management. I believe I have some ideas and processes that are unique in their effectiveness and I have used them to achieve fantastic results. I’m not sure I can impart this wisdom via the format of a blog - … Continue reading Music Thank You
Thank you Mr. Wilson
I don’t think there is enough gratitude shown in this world. At a recent interview, an HR director followed up on a remark I made. I claimed that one of my strengths is staff mentoring. I am an effective mentor and I enjoy it. I am good at identifying people’s strengths and helping them overcome … Continue reading Thank you Mr. Wilson
Do IT Workers need a degree?
This topic of conversation used to be very common although nowadays you will see it more often as a mandatory requirement in terms of recruitment. Most people will tell you they have forgotten most of what they learned in college. You may hear the argument “why do I need to know anything about economics when … Continue reading Do IT Workers need a degree?
If you think trends are just for fashion, think again. The business world is full of trends and styles and within those trends and styles are “wisdom du jour”. Sure, there are many principles that are tried and true and never age. There are also many that come and go or are re-packaged standards. Witness … Continue reading Management Fads
As you advance in your company, you will find that people will want to relate to you by some definition they are familiar with. You could be the ‘techie’ or the ‘guru’. You could be the ‘wise one’ or you could be the one ‘not to mess with / the boardroom scrapper’. This is how … Continue reading Define yourself