This past week I was working on a few things at a coffee shop and received a call from a candidate about a position I was trying to fill. Our conversation went on for about 20 minutes, and at it’s conclusion I received a tap on the shoulder by a gentleman who was sitting next to me. He didn’t want to disturb me but wanted to thank me for keeping my voice down throughout my conversation. He went on to say that normally he hates sitting near people on cell phones because they have no respect for those sitting in close proximity.
It got me to thinking, do people ever think about the people around them when they engage in conversation on their cell phones? Do we think about the impact on the waitperson who is there to take our order, or the person at the register at Target or US Bank or Walgreens Pharmacy?
Cell phones are here to stay but unfortunately good manners appear to be suffering as a result. We all can agree that there are many things that cell phones do to make our lives easier and more efficient. However, some of the most courteous professionals I know seem to lose all awareness of the people around them when involved deeply in a call, e-mail, or texting session on their cell phone. It goes so much further than just talking on the phone. It should be implicit that you turn off your ringer in most places. It never ceases to amaze me me that I can be in a theater at the most dramatic part of a movie and hear a ridiculous ring tone. Most shocking places of note, a chirping phone at high holiday services for Yom Kippur and a relatives funeral!!!
So the next time you are in a situation like the ones mentioned above, be respectful of the people around you. It will not make you lose a deal or be late for and appointment and you just might make someone’s day by doing so.
REMEMBER CELL PHONE NUMBERS GO PUBLIC THIS MONTH THEY ARE BEING RELEASED TO TELEMARKETING COMPANIES AND YOU WILL START TO RECEIVE CALLS, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS.
To keep this from happening, call this number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the national do not call list. It will only take a short time and it blocks your number for five years. You need to call from the cell number that you want to block. It will not work to call from another number.
Send this information to others, it takes about thirty seconds to block your number. For more information go to www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx
Yesterday afternoon I sat watching my daughter participate in a gymnastics meet in downtown Minneapolis.
I spoke with my daughter’s coach and he told me how proud he is of these young girls who work so hard during the 3 hour training sessions they have after school 2 days a week. He went on to complement the fact that they do it with extremely packed schedules and that many of the girls on team also excel academically. For my daughter, gymnastics is in addition to other after school commitments that have her scheduled every day of the week except Friday this year.
After reflecting on this conversation I realize it was a great business lesson.
This got me to thinking about what time, energy, or opportunity I might be wasting while my fellow entrepreneurs are outworking or out-hustling me. This makes me think of an excerpt from a great book by Gary Vaynerchuk called “Crush It” that resonated with me.
He says that “If you have a full-time job, you can get a lot done between 7pm and 2am (9pm and 3am if you’ve got kids)”.
So, if my daughter goes to school full-time, has 6 extracurricular activities a week, and gives her all at every turn, who am I to complain that I’m busy and overworked? If I truly want to stand out from the crowd, I have to be committed to outwork and out hustle the masses. Anyone can be average or below average. If you really believe that you have a great brand, ideas, and/or products then you need to be creative in finding ways to carve out time or opportunities in places off the beaten path.
Personally, I have committed to curbing TV at night. If I am not spending quality time with my kids or wife, I shouldn’t be in front of the boob tube, which continues to be a growing problem nation wide. Also, many of us have gotten on the Wii/video addiction treadmill. This is something else that wastes valuable time. If my goal of being a successful entrepreneur is to become a reality, I need to work longer and harder into the wee hours of the morning.
Don’t get me wrong, we all need a little downtime here and there. However, if you want to get ahead in life, sacrifices must be made.
Finally, I am trying to be a better listener, whether I am at the grocery store, or with my kids or in a business meeting. You never know what lesson you will learn or who you will learn it from.
In closing, I always seem to come back to the Don Henley song “How Bad Do You Want It“?… “Not Bad Enough”
So, How bad do you want it? The rest is up to you.
A friend of the Jobs Guys in Minneapolis is looking for a Sr. Data Warehouse Engineer for a permanent position. Interested, see below and let me know if I can connect the dots. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 612-306-7907.
The client is located in the South East Region of the Twin Cities, a 4 year degree is highly preferred, 5 years of previous experience in a similar role required. This will be a perm placement opportunity, salary range based on experience and fit.
Sr. Data Warehouse Engineer
Job Description –
Analyze, design and develop Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing reports and applications utilizing Microsoft SQL Server technology. Provide support for production applications and support to internal and external customers. Perform the configuration management (CM) role for the data warehousing group by managing the source code repository with version control and repository management. Candidates must have excellent writing and communication skills. You must also have proven development experience and demonstrate a positive attitude and passion for innovative software development in a fast-paced team environment.
Minimum of 5 years of senior database experience including Production/Staging databases in Data Warehouse ETL/SQL Development and Report Development.
·Strong experience with SQL Server 2005/2008 and T-SQL in constructing tables, stored procedure, triggers, views, indexes, queries and nested queries using Joins, aggregate function and Relational Database Models and Data Integrity (minimum 5 years)
·Expert in utilizing SQL Server Integration Services and complex ETL Packages (min 3 years)
·High traffic web site experience with scalable design (minimum 3 years)
·Create Calculate members in MOLAP cube using MDX in SSAS 2005
·Extensive Experience on creating reports from Relational Database and OLAP cube using SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services.
·Must have a proven background in gathering requirements and translating them into the creation of SSIS packages into a Data Mart. Must be able to then build SSAS Cubes, Dimensions and Mining Structures
·Excellent XML experience
·Comprehensive experience creating common components, patterns, services, and frameworks
·Excellent problem solving skills and attention to detail
·Excellent communication skills, especially written communications
·Excellent organization, prioritization and time management skills
·Experience with various industry SDLC methodologies and frameworks
·Proven ability to design and deliver solutions with industry best practices, standards, and security policies
·Strong Experience in creating Ad Hoc and Parameterized various Reports using SQL SSRS 2005/2008
·Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience
·Team Foundation Server experience
·Experience in C# development
·Experience programming capabilities of .NET version 3.5
·Object-oriented development and design
A friend of the Jobs Guys in Minneapolis is looking for an Oracle R12 Financials BA for a 12 month engagement. Interested, see below and let me know if I can connect the dots. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com
We are seeking a Senior Oracle Functional Accounts Receivable Analyst with a thorough understanding of accounting and financial business processes who excels under demanding project timelines, while producing high quality work. The role is for an Oracle E-Bus Financials R12 upgrade project.
Project duration: 12 months
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Start Date: March 15, 2010
Client can commit immediately for the right candidate
* Looking for someone with a thorough understanding of accounting and financial business processes who excels under demanding project timelines, while producing high quality work.
* 7 years of hands-on experience in Oracle E-Business Suite.
* R12 upgrade experience is preferred
* Understand the latest Oracle E-Business Suite trends and apply that knowledge to improve business productivity.
* In-depth functional knowledge of financial processes and a history of experience in Oracle Payables.
* Hands-on experience setting up applications and configuring financial modules within Oracle Applications is critical.
* Experience with upgrades within a global implementation environment, as well as customizing standard financial processes based on new business requirements, is essential.
* A bachelors degree in computer science or a related field is required; a masters degree is preferred.
* Green Card holder or US Citizen