No Soup for You

About once a quarter, my husband makes the suggestion I should go into sales.

This is mostly based on his interest that I make more money, but it’s also tied to the fact that translating technology offerings into business value is something I do instinctively. And so it’s not a bad idea to want to monetize that better.

The problem with putting me in a sales role, is that I am a bit of a Talent Soup Nazi.

I have a strong need to see customers provide tools to make the lives of employees and managers better. Too often, I find customers planning to implement a painful or cumbersome process without understanding what managers need.

Having dedicated myself to building great tools, I can’t help but have a “no soup for you” reaction when people want to use my tools and don’t plan to actually make things better.

Managers need their talent tools to:

  • Better align the talents of their teams to the needs of the business.
  • Provide frameworks for critical conversations that bring out the best of their staff.
  • Show them how to get their team in the right roles based upon their strengths and passions.

I’ve said it before — software is only a tool — you must first have a strategy or you will not accomplish great things.

Get a great plan. Det a great tool.

Don’t make me take back your soup!

This blog was originally posted on TalentedApps.

Where You Been?

No, I have not left the building… oh wait, I have.

I have been a bit hard to reach these days. There are a lot of reasons, but none are a reflection of my reduced interest in blogging.

Here’s what I’ve been up to…

  • Day job is heating up. Turns out you can’t just write code all the time (as if I do that myself), at some point you have to deliver it to customers. That tends to be when things get complex for development. Consider my day job complex right now.
  • Moving back into my house. As most of you know, we’ve been remodeling our house for the past year-ish. We had to move out as the project was huge (2nd story, new basement, garage, etc.). While we are not done, we are now moved back in. I’m happy to report I have found my toothbrush and my checkbook.
  • Lost my iPhone. Nothing good to report here — this sucked all around. I understand that buying a new iPhone is not that hard… unless you have complex internal processes that make it so. Over two weeks later, I’m receiving text messages again and somehow things feel more in control. 
  • TED. I took a week out to go to TEDActive. Lots of blog posts to write from that, but again, I return a firm member of the cult-of-TED.

And so, I am back. I have less time than I had before (if that could be possible), but I expect I’ll soon be writing down the blogs that have been swirling in my head. 

This blog was originally posted on TalentedApps.