Using this site

Welcome!

Welcome to Geeks Gone Pro.  You’ve taken your first step to adding professional polish to your technical expertise.  I’m Geek Coach and I’ll be your guide on this journey.  This site came about as I recognized a need for professional development targeted at geeks.  I’m a business coach and I keep running in to a common theme.  I frequently work with very smart and talented technical folks who have hit a ceiling in their careers.  They want to advance but lack some of the professional savvy they need in order to move from a specialist role to a general management, executive or broader professional role. 

This site will help you figure out how to move to the next level in your career (or for some of you it will help smooth out issues in your current role).   I’m not going to help you with your technical development – you’ve aced that!  Instead, I’ll provide help and resources to make you a more effective professional who has both technical and soft skills.

This site is geared for:

  1. Smart, technical geeks
  2. Workers who have some experience but want to move to the next career level
  3. People with a learning orientation who are open to suggestions for improvement
  4. People who have “developmental opportunities” in terms of soft skills, leadership, political savvy and/ or professionalism.

If some or all of these descriptions fit you, then you are in the right place.  You won’t find any overnight solutions or magic bullets here.  Professional development is a journey.  We’re getting ready to go, so buckle up and get ready for the ride.

How to use this site

As Captain Obvious, I will state that this site is in blog format.  A couple of times a week, I’ll add posts related to professional development for geeks.  In addition, I’ll occasionally post other geek-related information.  You’ll see some original concepts and comments all shared in my informal writing style.  You’ll also see discussion of ideas from published writers and practitioners.  I will always cite my sources when I use them – professional integrity and all.  In those cases, I’ll frequently refer you to another site or a book where you can get more information. 

The value that I provide is that I will distill the information down into a manageable size and translate it specifically for geek behavior.  There are a lot of good resources available, but they can be hard to find if professional development is not your field.  I’ll also try to steer you past the pseudo-science and fads that are so popular in this area.  We’ll stick with proven (usually scientifically proven) techniques.

You can opt to read each post sequentially as they are published.  You can also search the site for a topic or look in the archived categories.  Come regularly or only when you are seeking an answer to a problem.

BTW – I can hear some of you scoffing about the technical quality of the site.  I readily confess that I am not a technical geek.  I’m using a simple WordPress blogging site.  I still struggle with adding widgets and changing formatting.  I can’t promise glamorous or cutting edge technology.  I can promise a functional site.  More importantly, I’ll vouch for the sound research and experienced-based content.

Since you are all geeks as well, I’ll write as if speaking to my well-educated friends.  I’ll avoid jargon (mostly) but I won’t dumb down the messages.  You are smart enough to follow along, but you must make a choice about whether or not to listen.

Leave a Reply

Allowed tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>