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In episode 007 of the Angle Free IT podcast, I sat down to get a lesson in priorities and reality from IT Director Jeff Bowden. Jeff is very saged with his experience in technology and we met online in a few forums in which we both help people out with career questions. We talked about a lot of things, but my highlights were diversity and inclusion, Prioritization and the 80% rule that Jeff runs his shop with. I know that I am better for having met Jeff and having gained some of his wisdom, and I am sure you will be too.
03:00 Cyclical nature in computing.
07:00 How remote skills are key.
10:00 Degree vs No Degree thoughts.
13:00 Skills Jeff sees as declining and losing their relevance.
22:00 Customer Service is what we end up doing.
29:00 Interview skills for noobs.
31:00 how to clarify your priorities.
38:00 Branching out to determine who the important people in the company are – get outside of technology (mention workplace poker).
40:30 Who some of the most important people in the company are – it’s not who you think it is.
43:30 How Jeff finds mentorship.
47:00 Pivoting and making the jump with both feet.
50:30 The 80% rule explained. Balance and Prioiritzation.
53:00 Jeff gives Preston an unexpected huge compliment.
That cool website Jeff Mentioned is HERE.