Part of my "Workplace Reality" is that people and organizations need to check me out before deep engagement. It is just the way it works now and I need to make the best of it. I travel for work, I sing at church, I present for work, I play keyboards, I write, I consume media, I read a lot of books, I have an eclectic music ear, I tweet, I love my family, I have friends all over the world. So for all these folks I offer you this journal of thought, reaction, and insight.
For my fellow professional geeks I hope this to be a stopping off place from time to time to read my thoughts and follow my journey. I will write on various and sundry topics. I work for Microsoft (as of December 7) and specialize in Dynamics CRM, Field Services, and Integration. I am also interested in selling as a profession, specifically selling as a process and presentation delivery. Also I am fascinated at the psychology that motivates us to buy things. Finally, I love exploring the process that enables relationships to happen. What can we do to help enable folks to have great experiences with the organizations with which we interact? This is a passion of mine, it has been for many years. I read about it, consider it in action, look for successes and best practices. So you will see content in this vein. Most of this blog will be directly related to my work.
You must know that I am a Christian, you may not be. Please do not be offended by my words if they do not align with your personal journey. I know that I don't know. In fact in my faith we believe that humility is the key virtue, that I ought not to think of myself as better than anyone. I am not to judge by the outward appearance, or by anyone's social status. I am to honor others before myself, and love and support everyone without regard to their past, present, or future lifestyles or choices. For me to learn is to grow, which is why I seek close personal relationships with those I work with.
First, lighten up people. It may come as a shock to you that I will be often critical of Christians. I have many questions about how to walk out our lives as Christians in a modern world. I like to provoke thoughts which helps me stay in great relationship with my Lord and helps keep me focused on my part in the world around me. My workplace reality puts me in daily contact with people from all over the globe. I work with Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Pagans, Homosexuals, and Atheists so walking out my faith daily is not always an easy tasks, so give me a break already. Know that I do not have the luxury of maintaining a world view that is bound by Lake Michigan, and the Indiana border. As we become a much more pluralistic society we need, I need, to move into a new mind set. One that seeks to understand the common ground I can find with people that come from a very different life experience than I do. It is part of the place that I feel the Lord is calling me into. If you are interested in my personal journey you're welcome to follow along.