EP012: Jason Abbott – Dropout to Director with a bunch of barriers.

Episode 12 on deck!  One of the coolest things I get to do is catch up with people I’ve fanboy’d over.  Jason Abbott probably had very little idea how much he inspired or helped me along in my career when we worked together, probably because I was fairly aloof and terrible at troubleshooting when he first met me.  Nevertheless, he took me under his wing, even when I wasn’t ‘his guy’ and taught me a lot of invaluable skills (which he had been taught from Strata Chalup – Episode 8). We talked about his willingness to just put himself out there and attempt stuff when no one else would, and how that’s propelled him along in his career.

Recently Jason Abbott moved into a Director of IT position – and I can’t commend his CIO highly enough for his selection.  He will do amazing there, I’m sure, and I’m very happy for my friend!

00:00 Intro – Chicago to Atlanta for 10-Base-2 ??
04:30 The moment that could’ve held Jason down.
08:00 WGU and mention of a secret episode I haven’t released as of this episode!
15:00 The Strata Chalup connection from LISA.
18:00 The origins of the ‘SNMP’ framework (at LISA, in fact).
24:00 Jason’s lateral move, and the Lippizaner Philosophy.
30:30 Honesty and frankness with a new role.
32:00 PILLAR 1 ABIDES.
34:00 A new OSI model mnemonic for you all!
37:00 Abandoning old for the new – maybe not ALWAYS the best solution.
41:30 EXPECT scripting and the Israeli bet agains Jason and Preston.
44:30 Why putting yourself out there is worth it.
48:00 Understanding how a crazy person thinks and getting a diversity of thought, and Pillar 6.
52:00 Unbidden – Jason brings up my favorite internet spot – meetup, and one I hadn’t thought about – Toastmasters.
55:30 Pillar 1 – AGAIN!
56:40 The Strata Chalup Episode – related to Jason.

About the Author
Head cartographer and coach on the journey of all things Tech career, Creator and Host of Angle Free IT podcast, and main blogger on both the AnglfreeIT.com blog, forum and careermap.tech websites. Oh and I have a day job of Sr. SDN and DevOps consultant, Have a wife and kids, and run another sidegig too. Check out the podcast for more of my bio.

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