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How did you respond to your last promotion? Personally, the pride I took from my accomplishment didn’t stick around for very long.

I sometimes try to take a second or two and reflect on success, but my self-doubt usually kicks into overdrive. I am overcome with worry about my suitability for the next challenge.

This is actually a natural and healthy reaction. My promotion is, I hope, more than a title change. A promotion should come with new responsibilities. It might even be into a completely different role. …

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I recently moved into a new role at work. I’m really enjoying it so far. I left a position that I’d spent the better part of 7 years performing. In my old role I felt I had good situational and operational awareness. In my new role, in product management, I’m drinking from the firehose. I don’t have anywhere near the level of comfort I had in my old position. It’s exhilarating!

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” — Henri Bergson

Interestingly, about a month into my new…

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One surefire way to get followers on Medium seems to be writing about how to become popular on Medium. Everyone wants a soap box. They crave for others to see and respect their work. Most of these articles seem to focus on a few keys areas to build up your readership.

  • Keep showing up. Establish a cadence and stick to it, even when it’s hard.
  • Be relevant. Write about things that interest people.
  • Use tags and publications. Make finding your work frictionless.

Great tips! This advice seems tactical enough. We can all go forth and create our cult like followings.

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Sometimes our greatest strength is also our achilles heal. Great leaders are able to process and adapt to new information in the blink of an eye. The problem comes when we stop adapting to new information and instead only hear the parts of the message that reinforce our existing world view. We all have examples of this, but how does it happen? More importantly, can we prevent it?

It all starts with being open to learning. How do I learn something new? What steps do I take to explore an unknown application, skill or concept? Some people jump right in…

Hello everyone! Here is my holiday themed, 200 word entry for The Writing Cooperative December writing challenge. I don’t normally write fiction, so I am even more curious and receptive to your feedback!

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The Terminal

The strangers huddled together impatiently. They were each waiting for the announcement that would make or break their holiday. They had journeyed to London’s Heathrow Airport as individuals. They arrived with a shared sense of purpose. Improbably united from their various corners of the city. Many hours later, each hoped, against hope, for an answer to their prayers.

They were well aware that this was their last…

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Take a minute to reflect on what makes a leader successful. One of the first words that comes to mind for me is influence. Influence affects your relationships with coworkers, customers and friends. Influence can be a scary word, but don’t worry, we’re not talking about manipulating others. We’re talking about the kind of influence that inspires people to align around a common goal. The kind of influence that makes others want to move mountains and swim oceans to see it fulfilled.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

So how do we become influential and make dreams into reality?


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Regardless of the type of goal that you set, it’s important to make it measurable. Without measurement, how can you tell where you started or, perhaps more importantly, how you have progressed towards your desired outcome. If it can’t be measured, how can you tell when you’re done? When do you decide that you should adjust your strategy?

If you can’t articulate where you began, or when you’re complete, have you really accomplished anything at all? Your guess is as good as mine!

Often in a business setting, a company doesn’t have the data that they need to effectively measure…

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A few times in your career, you might be given an opportunity to pivot into a role that is outside of your comfort zone. I’ve had this opportunity at several points throughout mine.

I started out as a volunteer systems administrator and eventually moved to a paid role in the same. Over the years, I’ve been a quota bearing sales representative, a sales engineer, a software engineer, an operations engineer and then a manager and leader within many of these disciplines.

Every time I’ve been given an opportunity to try something new, I’ve run through the following exercise to help…

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In the last 20 years, I’ve been fortunate to work on a number of different software projects. Earlier in my career, I was usually contributing to a plan that someone else had defined. This made it easy to understand exactly what was required. It was all mapped out for me. I just had to build my part.

At the time, I don’t think I appreciated how much effort goes into planning a successful product. Since I was the person writing the code, I foolishly assumed that I was the one doing all of the heavy lifting. Of course, with some…

S. Zachariah Sprackett

SVP, Product - SugarCRM. I’m on a mission to help one million people become more impactful leaders. I do this by speaking, writing and mentoring.

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