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Recent Articles by Don

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The 5 Principles of IT Customer Service Success

April 24, 2019

(The following is a transcript of a portion of a keynote speech I gave at Automation Nation in 2015. The five principles, covered in this post, are the foundation for all of my work in IT customer service.) I’ve had the privilege of working with IT people all over the world and I’ve observed IT …


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Competence Charisma IT Career Success Model

April 10, 2019

I want to introduce you to the competence charisma four quadrant model for IT career success. This is a model that I created to help understand the two broad skill families that are required for success in IT careers, and if you’ll take a look at this model, you’ll notice that in the lower left …


How to Understand and Use Communication Models

March 27, 2019

Communication is the process of one person sending a message and another person receiving and understanding it. Communication occurs only when the receiver understands the message the sender intended. That puts the burden of responsibility for communication on the sender. When you are responsible for communicating an idea, a policy, new procedures, or anything else, …


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How to Handle a Really Angry Person

March 13, 2019

It happens every now and then. One of our customers gets really angry or a co-worker loses his or her temper. Our ability to successfully handle a really angry person is something that can make us into heroes in the workplace. It’s important to think long-term when dealing with anger. Think about how what you …



IT Customer Service Fundamentals

February 13, 2019

Kansas City Chiefs’ place kicker Harrison Butker made a perfect 39-yard field goal to tie the recent AFC championship game with 8 seconds on the clock and send it in to overtime. It was a dramatic moment in a game filled with drama. That had to be an unbelievable amount of pressure on Butker, but …


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Listen Carefully Before Talking

January 30, 2019

I’ve talked before about my model railroading hobby. (In case you’re interested in such things, I run O Gauge.) I had an electrical question and I couldn’t find an answer online, so I decided to visit an area train store to see if I could get my question answered. The Importance of Better Listening When …



How to Build and Manage Great IT Teams

January 16, 2019

Most people say they hate team-building exercises. When I’m at a conference or a meeting and I hear there’s going to be some sort of team-building exercise, I run from the room! Perhaps you feel the same way. Choose the Right Team-Building Exercise I don’t think the problem is with team-building exercises in general, it’s …


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