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Managing the Game: Going to bat for your team

August 27, 2015 Leave a comment

yin-yangI believe the most important role of a manager is the ability to go to bat for your team. Your team should know you support them even when they aren’t around to see it. Even when you don’t 100% agree you should be able to put the team first and defend them. You shouldn’t be blind to their faults but their failings are just as much your responsibility as theirs. If someone is part of your team and you are keeping them there then you are vouching for them. Own it. Share the glory and own the defeats. Grow together and always go to bat for your team.

Communication: Let me let you in on a secret

August 26, 2015 Leave a comment

SecretOne of my favorite tricks for sales and negotiating is the secret that’s not a secret. People really like to feel special and so when you offer them information that they think is “secret” it makes them think they are being gifted with something special. I mean you can totally tell them a true secret but often times we aren’t really allowed to talk about certain things with clients and vendors. Even with an NDA in place. So add the phrases “In all honesty”, “Between you and me” or “I shouldn’t really be telling you this” to your conversations and you have made the other person feel like they are in a special club. With this new bond you can ease in to a new level for your negotiations. It is one peace to a larger puzzle of negotiating but try adding it to your repertoire.

Work Ethic

August 20, 2015 Leave a comment

yin-yangIf you are going to work as an adult have a work ethic. If you say you are going to do something do it, If you can’t do something just say it. If you want to give it a try just do it and when you can’t say you can’t. Take pride in your work. Be the best you that you can be at your job. If you can’t be the best you at your job find something you can be your best you at. Failure is the worst thing. Failing to recognize you failed is.

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Witcher currently greater than Batman

WitcherI couldn’t take the Crapmobile any more in Batman: Arkham Knight and switched back to finishing the Witcher 3. I never played the previous Witchers but they do a fine job of making it all make sense. I was super hesitant about the game but once I sat down and gave it a little time I fell in love. I have a ways to go before I finish but I am really enjoying the variety of game play and ways I can approach the story. Once I finish the Witcher I will jump back to Batman but it will be with reluctance and a fiery hate for the batmobile.

Friday Friends Feature: Louis Puster III

June 26, 2015 Leave a comment

WrackedThis week’s Friday Friends Feature is one of the talented writers I know Louis Puster III. He has a few books out, and all of them are well worth the read. You can check out the link below to his site where you can read his blog, catch a sample of his writing and more importantly find links to his books. Hope you enjoy his creative works as much as I have.

http://www.louispuster3.com/

My VR PC

June 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Matrix

So for my work I needed to upgrade from my current laptop to something a little beefier for doing work in VR. Since I will be working with film as well I upped my specs even more than recommended specs for Oculus.

Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz (up to 4.0 GHz) 8MB 84W Intel HD Graphics 4600 4C HT CPU

32GB DDR3-1600 nECC (4x8GB) Unbuffered RAM

512GB SATA 1st Solid State Drive

NVIDIA GTX 980TI PCI Express Card

and

HP Z Display Z34c 34-inch Curved Monitor

Gear VR

June 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Gear VR

If you are looking for a little more oomph in your VR experience (compared to cardboard) and something you can purchase right here and now then you are in luck because Samsung with Oculus have a product for you. If you own a Note 4 or Galaxy s6 and s6 edge then there is a Gear VR for you. The one for the Galaxy s6 is the more up to date version of the technology. I got to try this out at GDC this year and the experience was very nice. I will be picking one of these up for personal use when I am back in the states. More info below.

http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/gearvr/

http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/wearables/gear-vr/