HPE Culture Shift
June 21st, 2018 by Luigi Danakos

Over the last two years HPE has been on a transformation, it has been restructured and what was once a long standing company, divided into two. Shortly after the finalization from splitting away from HP; more changes were in the works.

Today, HPE is not it’s founders company. With the dust settling from it’s latest transformation, HPE is ripe for culture shift.

Culture Shift

With only four months as CEO, Antonio Neri is set to change not only it’s customers focus but a fundamental shift in HPE culture. Let’s face it, they have been through so much change, the company has transformed and is reshaping it’s identity. One way Neri is doing this is by his choice of clothes during the keynote. He was standing on stage wearing jeans and a button down shirt, relaxed and excited.

Talking about how important it meant to him being the CEO of HPE, his family was also present to witness the first keynote delivered as the top dog. The mention and excitement he displayed when talking about his family is a stark contrast for keynote presentations. They are typically boring, but Neri’s energy was different, even if for a few moments, he  showed he was like one of us. This relatability is crucial for acceptance, it garners a sense of trust. Understand it’s not about his choice of clothes, it represents the change from the traditional appearance and attitude of an HPE executive.

Not only is his attitude towards fashion shifting, his focus on what is important: listening and talking to customers was prevalent out at HPE Discover.

Neri spoke about how they are focusing on three areas:

  • The Technology
  • The People
  • The Economics

I really want to see how this vision will play out and exactly how Neri and HPE will execute this culture shift.

 

I believe if done right Neri’s culture shift could transform HPE like Satya Nadella has done for Microsoft.

Another cool thing is Antonio took a selfie with me without hesitation and he gets a few points for that.

What are your thoughts on this culture shift?

 

 

 

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May 17th, 2018 by Luigi Danakos

Social Media is a tumultuousness place. You hear so much about the drama and bad that comes from it. What you rarely hear is how awesome it is. The real benefit from engaging on social platforms.

Hidden beneath the political banter and this is right and you are wrong lies a beauty of connecting with people. Understand that you get what you want out of your social media use, you want to talk sports, technology or even the dreaded politics discussions, there is a social platform or community for it. Social media platforms are there from the mainstream ones like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Every person uses each platform differently.

With all these platforms, how can you use social media to help drive new career opportunities?

Understand that this process is a journey and not like growing crops, taking time and commitment.Social Media Icons

Where to start

Start by putting yourself out there. – If you are only talking about change and doing nothing, then nothing will change. Find one platform and start from there.

 For me I chose Twitter. Back in 2009 I was working as a contractor for EMC and had just heard about this conference called EMC World being held in Orlando. Knowing I was a contractor and the department I was in wouldn’t be sending anyone and needing a way to see what the show was about. I saw on an internal forum people talking about how you can follow along on Twitter. So in March of 2009, I signed up and started connecting with people around the show. Then from there, I saw these social media meetups that Stu Miniman was hosting internally, being new and curious about social media I started to attend these meetings. Only years later and after I was working for HP did I realize that those meetings were for events and corporate social media activities.

Choosing a platform –

What you want to do is find the platform that is most comfortable for you and start engaging with folks around the topics where you would like to grow your career.

LinkedIn – Join groups and lurk for a little bit to see how the conversation is being driven, once you feel comfortable, start commenting on posts then connecting with people. My personal LinkedIn strategy is to connect with anyone as it grows my professional network.

Facebook – I belong to a few communities here but I kee this more about personal passions like food and booze as well as gaming. What you want to do is up to you but there are a ton of great groups and communities on Facebook

Twitter – This is still my favorite social media platform. I search and engage with users by hashtags. This allows for you to start to build a rapport with fellow users around a topic. The VMware or vCommunity is a great example.

Meetup.org – Finding local user groups is key to building your next career move. By engaging with local users it provides that face time that solidifies the online connections. It is also great exposure in building your personal brand.

Start engaging

Now comes the best part, engaging with other users on social media platforms. Just be yourself, respectful and courteous to others and you can’t go wrong. It may take a little bit to get established within certain groups but as long as are providing good insights into the conversation you will be on a path to success.

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September 5th, 2017 by Luigi Danakos

Today’s guest is Shane Weinbrecht. Shane is a jack of all community for Scale Computing. We discuss how Shane and I met through the community and what relationship building really means. His love for sharing knowledge with others is what drives him to continue being part of the technology community.

Family matters and having the support of them is crucial for being active and giving back to the community. Having loved ones understand that their is value for you spending your time participating . I tell a nice back story in how I left my wife on mothers-day one year when I was first making connections in the community.

Shane discusses that the personal impact is far more important to him then the professional benefits. How many online connections became “real” life connections become dear friends.

How has the community impacted your life? What are you not getting out or giving to the community?

Show Notes

Macro Photography

Community & what it means to Shane

Support of family

The impact of connecting online/offline

Failing – If you do not try anything you are never going to fail.

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June 17th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

This weeks guest is no stranger to being recorded, I am joined by Stu Miniman Senior Analyst over at Wikibon and Cohost of theCUBE. Many may know him as an analyst from theCUBE, I know him as a good friend and mentor.

Stu and I go back to 2009 when I joined Twitter, he was a driving force to keep me engaged in the community. I would say it panned out well for myself. In this episode we talk about the early days of our social media and how contributing quality dialogue is more important then being noisy. This is something that I live by today, except for when the Patriots are playing, then all bets are off. What I enjoy most about talking with Stu can be heard in this weeks Tech Stand UP recording, we easily touch on any subject.

 

One topic in particular that we touched on was diversifying your social network communities. Are you in a echo chamber? Stu referenced this blog he wrote in our talk. It is important and you may not know where it could help you down the road professionally or personally.

Last we touched on Star Wars,I mean who doesn’t love a good conversation about Luke and Leia.

Show Notes

State of Social

Star Wars

Transitioning from Vendor to Analyst

My early days and his influence on my social journey

Personal Branding

Working in your passion versus just working

Social Echo Chamber –

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June 8th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Imposter Syndrome, what is it? I had just heard about this when my good friend Jonathan Frappier tweeted about it.

 

Frapp (as I call him) is one of the smartest guys I know. So what exactly is this thing that he was feeling?

Wikipedia defines it as – Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the imposter experience) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”

In short it means a person feels as if they are not worthy, or doubting their abilities. Also you feel as an outsider at times.

Imposter Syndrome

After that tweet I started to think about this topic more and more, it came up multiple times in my twitter feed from different people that I follow. But for me I found that I’ve have Imposter syndrome. I said it, while I am confident in my abilities, I doubt myself.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

I spoke a little about Self-Awareness in a recent post and how you need to understand your weaknesses. The same goes for overcoming that feeling you get from Imposter Syndrome. There is another caveat to it though, you must know and own your strengths.

Be Positive – This is tough for many, especially when you have a sense of doubt or as if you do not belong. I call positive energy #NerdBlurtMojo. While I am not a huge religion fan I am a believer in energy. Staying positive keeps positive energy around you, this will help with that feeling of you do not belong.

You know what you know – One thing I have learned is I know a lot of stuff, I also know a lot of people. I do not need to know everything, I just need the ability to know when to ask for help. By owning what you know the sense of not belonging to a certain group is eased and you feel comfortable.

Tell yourself – Everyday speak to yourself and say it’s ok, I got this today.

Know your worth – Understand the value you bring, then demonstrate that value. If your current situation isn’t feeling right or you are not being valued then look for a different one.

Surround yourself with variety of people –  To me this is important, you have to be able to accept all kinds of people. I love the fact that I do not agree with my peers on everything, I also enjoy the many conversations and deep discussions I have with those of opposing views than mine. End of the day we all have beliefs and values, being open and surrounding yourself with a diverse group of peers will help you feel that you are important and belong in a group.

I love TED talks and came across this nice playlist of talks. Head over there and give them a listen, as they cover a few areas that trigger Imposter Syndrome.

Understand that I struggle with this on a daily basis and know that you are not alone. I have to thank my friend Frapp for being brave and coming forward, had he not I may not have known what I suffer from daily.

Have you ever felt like you were experiencing Imposter Syndrome?

 

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