Feb 18 2010

Leadership

Every once and a while I like to reflect on what I enjoy most about what I do. It’s kind of interesting to look through all of my experiences, previous self reflections, and currently where I am in my life, career, etc. Most of all I think about my experiences and which of those experiences I get the most fulfillment from, whether they are technical, managerial, or leadership oriented. Of all of my experiences in both personal and professional, I think that I enjoy any kind of managerial / leadership position where I’m helping a team build and perform. Mostly, I love supporting others.

Leading a strike team of developers on CPWeb over a 6 month process to resolve security flaws in a decade old web product. My time as an alpha medic, representing the players of Tabula Rasa, communicating to the developers on how they could improve the class. My experiences as a Admin / Developer / GM of Obsidian, helping shape a world for other players to enjoy. The ongoing saga of and all that guild has meant to me, leading a community of players who have like minded, respectful, play style. My attempts to start a leadership resource website for MMO leaders, giving them resources to learn how to be better leaders and write articles on leadership styles and techniques and my conversation with John Kotter about the idea and his support of the concept. All the volunteer work I’ve done to help small business, organizing volunteer efforts for work, and helping provide feedback to how we can improve our respect for remote colleges in a globalized corporation. My time as a manager of software development, both improving my product, managing a small team of developers, and all while making vast improvements to the product and customer delight. My attempts at leading an independent game studio to develop an XBox 360 title with a team of people spanning the globe from the UK, to the east and west coast of the US. If you really want to boil it down, my role as a healer in an MMO is because I enjoy being in that supportive role, helping others succeed.

All of these accomplishments I’m deeply proud of. All of these accomplishments have a central theme: they involve leadership and supporting others.

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Feb 21 2009

Habitat for Humanity Restore

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Today we did our second volunteer work coordinated through IHS, which was volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity’s Restore project. The “Restore” is a country wide program where they take usable used or donated building materials and sell them to the public for reasonable prices and that money they make from it goes toward funding the building of new homes for people in need. The single Restore… store can raise enough money for an average of 2-5 homes a year depending on the volume of donations and work they do. Sometimes even in a renovation project they take part of the products and re-sell those to the public to, so in a sense it’s the most sustainable way to keep usable building materials cycled back into the public. Overall it was fun, but very exhausting! While Kerrie was working in the front of the store setting up shelving for merchandise, I was in the back of the store, in the warehouse setting up the gigantic warehouse shelving that’s 3 stories high and you put product pallets onto. It was a lot of work in REALLY high places and some even crazy work standing on a fork lift 3 stories in the air. Fun stuff! Can’t wait till the next volunteer event.

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Feb 16 2009

Relaxing 4 day weekend

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I’ve been really stressed out recently and thought it good to take a nice 4 day weekend. President’s day being Monday, all I had to do was take 1 additional day off and BAM, 4 day weekend here we come. Overall it has been very relaxing and I even took the time to volunteer for Potluck in the Park on Saturday which was my first volunteer work I’ve done in a very long time and first one dealing with the homeless. Besides that I’ve been working hard all weekend with Kerrie on the garden and things in the garden have been looking better and better. All the RnR has been good for me I think. My stress level is lightyears lower than it was last Wednesday. I even got a good bit of gaming in this weekend and finally hit renown rank 31 in Warhammer which means I’m now able to wear my Annihilator gear.

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