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Simply put, I love working with Microsoft enterprise software, plus making those applications/data run reliable and optimal on Dell hardware.

Hello, I am Scott Mattie. I am a support engineer with experience in System Administration and Database Administration with certifications on Windows NT 4.0, 2003, and 2008, plus SQL Server 2008. (MCITP and MCSE) I started this blog to share my thoughts with you and hear your thoughts as well on all aspects of SQL Server and the IT industry.

Past couple of years, I have been working for hosting type companies that are some of the larger companies out there. I have worked in both the traditional sense of hosting, where you rent hardware in a data-center to host an application or web site. (Rackspace which was a really great experience) I have also worked with hosting in the cloud as well when I was with Amazon. (Sadly, I do not recommend any Microsoft specialist to work for AWS) I am writing this blog for 2 reasons mainly, one is to share my experience with others and because I really love what I do.

I think we are only as strong as our weakest link and we are much better off when we share knowledge and collaborate on solving issues. I like working on the weird and unusual issues that plague most people and I look forward to deep diving into those complex issues. It takes a great sense of responsibility and dedication to resolve those issues, plus I like to do my best to make another person’s day better.

I am a huge believer on Gallup’s strengthsfinder (personality test) that focuses on making your strengths stronger and less on improving your weakness. I know life is short, so I encourage others to make the most out of their time here and to chase down your dreams until they become reality. I believe that if we focus on our strengths to work together as a team it helps us know our limits better and allows us to contribute more effectively. My top 5 strengths are the following:

Harmony
You look for areas of agreement. In your view there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold them to a minimum. When you know that the people around you hold differing views, you try to find the common ground. You try to steer them away from confrontation and toward harmony. In fact, harmony is one of your guiding values. You can’t quite believe how much time is wasted by people trying to impose their views on others. Wouldn’t we all be more productive if we kept our opinions in check and instead looked for consensus and support? You believe we would, and you live by that belief. When others are sounding off about their goals, their claims, and their fervently held opinions, you hold your peace. When others strike out in a direction, you will willingly, in the service of harmony, modify your own objectives to merge with theirs (as long as their basic values do not clash with yours). When others start to argue about their pet theory or concept, you steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters on which you can all agree. In your view we are all in the same boat, and we need this boat to get where we are going. It is a good boat. There is no need to rock it just to show that you can.

Arranger
You are a conductor. When faced with a complex situation involving many factors, you enjoy managing all of the variables, aligning and realigning them until you are sure you have arranged them in the most productive configuration possible. In your mind there is nothing special about what you are doing. You are simply trying to figure out the best way to get things done. But others, lacking this theme, will be in awe of your ability. “How can you keep so many things in your head at once?” they will ask. “How can you stay so flexible, so willing to shelve well-laid plans in favor of some brand-new configuration that has just occurred to you?” But you cannot imagine behaving in any other way. You are a shining example of effective flexibility, whether you are changing travel schedules at the last minute because a better fare has popped up or mulling over just the right combination of people and resources to accomplish a new project. From the mundane to the complex, you are always looking for the perfect configuration. Of course, you are at your best in dynamic situations. Confronted with the unexpected, some complain that plans devised with such care cannot be changed, while others take refuge in the existing rules or procedures. You don’t do either. Instead, you jump into the confusion, devising new options, hunting for new paths of least resistance, and figuring out new partnerships—because, after all, there might just be a better way.

Learner
You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered—this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences—yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.”

Achiever
Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every day” you mean every single day—workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you may feel you deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, you will feel dissatisfied. You have an internal fire burning inside you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing you toward the next accomplishment. Your relentless need for achievement might not be logical. It might not even be focused. But it will always be with you. As an Achiever you must learn to live with this whisper of discontent. It does have its benefits. It brings you the energy you need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt you can always count on to get you started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the theme that keeps you moving.

Responsibility
Your Responsibility theme forces you to take psychological ownership for anything you commit to, and whether large or small, you feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. Your good name depends on it. If for some reason you cannot deliver, you automatically start to look for ways to make it up to the other person. Apologies are not enough. Excuses and rationalizations are totally unacceptable. You will not quite be able to live with yourself until you have made restitution. This conscientiousness, this near obsession for doing things right, and your impeccable ethics, combine to create your reputation: utterly dependable. When assigning new responsibilities, people will look to you first because they know it will get done. When people come to you for help—and they soon will—you must be selective. Your willingness to volunteer may sometimes lead you to take on more than you should.

About Strengths Management
Psychologists and senior researchers at The Gallup Organization have been investigating the nature of human talent for more than 30 years.  Having completed more than two million structured interviews with some of the world’s best teachers, doctors, lawyers, managers, salespeople, leaders, software programmers, and other professionals, Gallup noted that successful people, although unique as individuals, often share many of the same talents.  This discovery led to the identification of the 34 “themes” of talent that most consistently predict success.  By focusing on our most dominant themes of talent, particularly our Signature Themes, we can enjoy the personal and career successes that result from building strengths.

You can learn more about it here: (http://strengths.gallup.com/110440/About-StrengthsFinder-2.aspx)

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