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Gratitude

By Wes Trochlil | November 24, 2021

Gratitude As Thanksgiving in the US approaches, I’m reminded of the importance of gratitude, in life, and yes, in data management. I’m grateful for the amazing advances in technology over my career for many reasons, but here are just a couple of examples: Back in the mid-90s, I managed a staff of six individuals who were …

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“It’s more than I have, but less than I want.”

By Wes Trochlil | November 17, 2021

“It’s more than I have, but less than I want.” “It’s more than I have, but less than I want.” These are words uttered by a client of mine recently when looking at new data management software for their organization. There is some deep truth in both parts of that sentence: “It’s more than I have…” Obviously …

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Don’t forget Parkinson’s Law

By Wes Trochlil | November 10, 2021

Don’t forget Parkinson’s Law “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” – Cyril Parkinson Many of us are familiar with Parkinson’s Law, especially as it applies to meetings. (If you schedule a meeting for an hour, guess how long it will take to cover the agenda?) But Parkinson’s Law also …

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Just Respond

By Wes Trochlil | November 3, 2021

Just Respond Growing up my father used to tell my many siblings and me that if we showed up to work on time and sober, we’d probably do just fine. I always thought he was joking until I entered the workforce and discovered he was right! You can really stand out if you just show …

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People fear uncertainty, not change

By Wes Trochlil | October 27, 2021

People fear uncertainty, not change If you’ve ever worked on any big project that was likely to bring about significant change (and what project doesn’t??), you’ve probably heard someone say something like “Our staff is really afraid of change.” But the truth is, people aren’t afraid of change, they’re afraid of uncertainty. How do I …

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Older Posts

Dashboards

May 8, 2007

For years now I've been hearing from vendors about "dashboards." (I think the first time I heard the term was …

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Attending TAUG

May 7, 2007

I had the opportunity to attend TMA Resources Annual Users Group meeting (TAUG) last week in Albuquerque. They put on …

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Data Integrity Manager

May 2, 2007

I'm always urging my clients to develop staff positions that focus on maintenance of the database. And I don't mean …

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