I loved Nathan Mielke's comment on last week's blog post about the changing role of the CTO. He summarized the change as:
"....soft skills are hard and hard skills can be outsourced."
Made me think of my number 2 rule in Machines Are the Easy Part: People Are the Hard Part [free download]:
2. It’s always, always, always better to be a nice person than an ass.
You will make mistakes at home and on the job. So keep this in mind: People will forgive your mistakes if you are generally a nice person; they never forget them if you behave like an ass.
One of my technicians once warned a teacher: “I am beginning to think it is easier to make you mad than to make you happy. Remember, you are a lot more fun to watch when you are mad.” The teacher got nicer.
Thus endeth this Sunday's sermon.