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a blog by Don R. Crawley

Keynote Speaker on
IT Customer Service and Compassion

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predicting career success

Competence Charisma IT Career Success Model

By Don Crawley, CSP  |  April 10, 2019 7:00 am

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 …

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How to Understand and Use Communication Models

By Don Crawley, CSP  |  March 27, 2019 7:00 am

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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customer service fail

How to Handle a Really Angry Person

By Don Crawley, CSP  |  March 13, 2019 7:00 am

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 …

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mentoring

IT Customer Service Fundamentals

By Don Crawley, CSP  |  February 13, 2019 7:00 am

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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better listening

Listen Carefully Before Talking

By Don Crawley, CSP  |  January 30, 2019 7:00 am

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 …

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team-building

How to Build and Manage Great IT Teams

By Don Crawley, CSP  |  January 16, 2019 7:00 am

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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employee retention

How to Retain High-Performing Tech Employees

By Don Crawley, CSP  |  December 19, 2018 7:00 am

This is the third and final installment in my series on how to hire, manage, and retain top-performing tech employees. In this post, you’ll learn five critical success factors to help you retain your best employees. You’ve hired a great I.T. team. You work hard to be a great manager. How do you ensure your …

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