5 years, 1 month ago

So Long but Not Goodbye

It is never easy to write a Goodbye.  Today is my last day as a full-time employee at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. I spent the majority of my career here, 23 years (including a short two year break to the UAE)! I started as an Intermediate Systems Analyst coding data integration between our then […]

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6 years, 22 days ago

So Long for Now

This is a bitter-sweet post for me.  It is sweet because I will be returning my family and friends in the country that I love, Canada.  Bitter as I will be leaving behind very good friends and an amazing team of people at the American University of Sharjah. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity […]

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6 years, 1 month ago

Personal Learning Plans Support Employee Retention

I have been a strong advocate of implementing Personal Learning Plans (PLP) for employees for years.  This concept was introduced to me during my years working at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  I used the Personal Learning Plan process to help my teams improve their abilities in the jobs they have and to advance their […]

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7 years, 2 months ago

Building IT Career Paths by Standardizing Competencies

This post describes our journey to building standardized IT career paths.  When I joined the American University of Sharjah in September 2012, I booked one to one meetings with all my staff.  One of the predominant themes from our talks was the lack of clarity on what their respective career paths looked like.   In […]

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7 years, 3 months ago

Devoted to Dawn

This post is my devotion to the love of my life, my wife Dawn
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7 years, 3 months ago

Leadership Quotes

Here is a compilation of some quotes on leadership that I like.  It is far from being extensive … enjoy! “Real leaders know the difference between leading and commanding. Leading results in people wanting to follow your commands. Commanding results in people having to follow your leadership. Which of those two are most likely to […]

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7 years, 7 months ago

My First 180 Days as a CIO

Hard to believe that time has gone so quickly in my CIO role.  On March 17, 2013 I have been the Director of Information Technology at the American University of Sharjah in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates for 180 days. It has been a huge change for me especially after spending 20 years at the British Columbia […]

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8 years, 23 days ago

A Whole New World

Marhaba!  This is my first post from my new home at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.  I have been here for 10 days and am finally feeling like a human being again.  The +11 hour time difference and jet lag really took a toll on me (aside from jumping right […]

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