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Some thoughts of your typical data shepherd / data plumber / data dance teacher sort of person.


Strengths and weaknesses

Someone was reading one of my previous blog posts and noted a mistake.  I was very thankful that the person had taken time to let me know.  Whilst pondering this it got me thinking about managing my strengths and weaknesses.  There is a saying develop your strengths and manage your weaknesses.  The first step is to identify your strengths and weakness. Let me list a few of them below;


Weakness

Written English - yes, it's ironic that I choose to spend time writing a blog, given that my spelking and grammar is one of my weakness.  Disciplining myself to write a blog forces me to use the tools that I have to help me manage that weakness.  Tools such as a spell checker is a heaven-sent tool.  There is another tool called Grammarly, which is a combination of a spelling and grammar checker.  This tool makes an excellent crutch :-)

Social skills - despite starting and helping to run the Glasgow SQL server user group.  My soft skills are not my strength.  It would be fair to say, social interactions are those which I find the most challenging.  One T-shirt slogan 'I like to party (and by party I mean read books)' I can identify with.  One approach I take to manage this weakness is to read books quite literally, and so I have read quite a few books on soft/social skills.  These have taught me a few strategies and techniques I use in everyday life.


Strengths

Finding solutions - it's what I do, give me a challenge and I will find a solution.  During an interview for a role, and an issue was raised regarding getting reports emailed automatically to managers.  The company had tried various solutions none of which worked, over a period of a couple of years.  The solution took me over 6 months, involved some VBA, a spreadsheet, and an SSIS package.   I was able to deliver a solution which worked.  The solution was not pretty or elegant, that said it met the specification and most important delivered with the constraints that required to work within.  Many months after leaving the company it was a delightful pleasure to hear my solution was still in place being used.


Having taken time to recognize my weaknesses and strengths that was the first step for me to improve.  This blog post will have been read and then re-read.  Passed by someone with better grammar and spelling than myself before publishing.  This is my way of managing that weakness.  On the other hand, my strengths will have been used in other ways.  These strengths and weakness are a part of who I am.  They can help me make a positive and unique contribution.  Learning to work with them is what makes me just that little bit better each day.












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