Speak up at VMware Explore 2022

You have likely heard the news that VMworld 2022 is now VMware Explore 2022.  That’s 6 different events across the word that kick off with VMware Explore US in late August 2022 followed by events in Brazil (October), Europe, Singapore, Japan, and China (all in November).  Regardless of your feeling about the change, consider this…

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My 2021 Reading List

After publishing my reading list from 2019 and again in 2020, it seemed only fitting to continue the trend for 2021.  This past year there were some book goals I socialized on Nerd Journey, so we’ll see what goals vs. reality were and discuss potential reasons for discrepancies. Unless otherwise specified, the books below were…

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Burned Out for the Holidays

There’s no place like burnout for the holidays.  You can run, but you can’t hide.  Perhaps the possibility of being burned out never crossed your mind.  Stop for a second, and let’s explore.  The answer might be different than you thought. Think back on your personal state of the union during 2021 (mental health, physical…

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Learning from The Maestro

Roger Federer has long been my favorite tennis player.  Sports commentators have often mentioned his fluid movements and graceful game on the tennis court.  He makes playing tennis look like an art and is sometimes referred to as the Swiss Maestro.  After winning one of his first few major tennis championships, the tournament director told…

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No Cheat Days

When co-hosting a podcast, you try to find the theme of the episode and create a catchy title.  Recently we had a virtual farewell for a beloved co-worker and friend, and one of the folks in the meeting spoke up near the end to nail the theme…there are no cheat days. Losing a co-worker, boss,…

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The Voices of Mentors Past

Recently I’ve been reading A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring by John Wooden and Don Yaeger, and I came across an interesting quote from former UCLA player Andy Hill that struck me: You often don’t recognize your mentors at the time they’re deeply involved in your life; and mentoring often occurs even…

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