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What Does It Mean To Be An MVP: MVP Open Day

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o Those who are often awarded the status of MVP often share similar drive, ambition and desires. Many of us are maximizers, verifiers, and passionate individuals. Ask yourself these three questions: Do you find it difficult to prioritize and maximize the impact our work can have? Do you struggle with balancing the needs of your business with the needs of the community? Do you ever worry about maintaining/growing that incredible passion you have year over year? If you answered yes to any of those questions than this session is for you. As an MVP these questions often come up but are difficult to address. In this session we will tackle these questions head on and work together to face the challenges we all experience as MVPs (as maximizers, verifiers, and passionate individuals).

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What Does It Mean To Be An MVP: MVP Open Day

  1. 1. MVP Open Days 2016 #COD16 What Does It Mean To Be A Most Valuable Professional? Presented By: Richard Harbridge #CDNMVP
  2. 2. Agenda • Rewarding But Not Easy… • What Does It Mean To Be A Maximizer? • What Does It Mean To Be Verifier? • What Does It Mean To Be Passionate? • Next Steps #CDNMVP
  3. 3. Agenda • Rewarding But Not Easy… • What Does It Mean To Be A Maximizer? • What Does It Mean To Be Verifier? • What Does It Mean To Be Passionate? • Next Steps #CDNMVP
  4. 4. MVP Open Days 2016#CDNMVP MVP Open Days 2016 M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer
  5. 5. MVP Open Days 2016 Schwartz analyzes from every angle how people make choices. He divides people into Maximizers and Satisficers, to describe how some people try to make the best possible choice, while others just settle for the first choice that meets their standards. Does this sound like you? M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer
  6. 6. MVP Open Days 2016 Challenge: We would be better off seeking what is "good enough" instead of seeking the best. But many of us are perfectionists or maximizers. M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer
  7. 7. MVP Open Days 2016 How do we make the decision on what to write about, code or focus on? M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer Tip 1: Choose when to choose. By restricting our options, we can choose less and feel better. Try this: 1. Review recent decisions you've made 2. Itemize steps, time, research, and anxiety that went into it 3. Remind yourself how it felt to do that work 4. Ask yourself how much your final decision benefitted from that work.
  8. 8. MVP Open Days 2016 Helping in communities can help you grow and improve. Sharing the work you are doing can help your company grow and improve. Tip 2: Convince your boss/workplace that it’s a good idea to share some (or entire parts) of your work. What follows can help address top concerns. M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer • Business: “Nothing is ever new, and things constantly change.” • Training: “It’s not tailored enough, and things constantly change.” • Development: “Not your target customer, and power of issues/comments.”
  9. 9. Agenda • Rewarding But Not Easy… • What Does It Mean To Be A Maximizer? • What Does It Mean To Be Verifier? • What Does It Mean To Be Passionate? • Next Steps #CDNMVP
  10. 10. MVP Open Days 2016#CDNMVP MVP Open Days 2016 M.V.P. – V Is For Being A Verifier
  11. 11. MVP Open Days 2016 Many people don’t understand how much work goes into creating something as simple as a blog post on a feature. The testing, the learning, the validation. We allow our unchecked optimism fuel our vision, but harness enthusiastic skepticism to drive our actions. #CDNMVP M.V.P. – V Is For Being A Verifier
  12. 12. MVP Open Days 2016 Challenge: It takes an incredible amount of effort to be a good skeptic, especially when we are so passionate. This sustained verification is one of the biggest things we do and takes considerable time. #CDNMVP M.V.P. – V Is For Being A Verifier
  13. 13. MVP Open Days 2016 Sometimes the verification itself is valuable or more valuable than the hard things we highlight workarounds for, or limits we expose. This verification in articles, forum posts, or scripts/code samples is just as important as the optimism that led us to writing about them. M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – V Is For Being A Verifier Tip 1: We should all enthusiastically tackle the hard things around MSFT products and share our failures as well as our successes. We learn from our failures, but maybe others can as well?
  14. 14. MVP Open Days 2016 How do we get more time to produce and ship great content and contributions to the community? Tip 2: Grammerly saves time reviewing and improving articles I write. M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – V Is For Being A Verifier
  15. 15. Agenda • Rewarding But Not Easy… • What Does It Mean To Be A Maximizer? • What Does It Mean To Be Verifier? • What Does It Mean To Be Passionate? • Next Steps #CDNMVP
  16. 16. MVP Open Days 2016#CDNMVP M.V.P. – P Is For Being Passionate
  17. 17. MVP Open Days 2016 Passion, all too often, can be consuming. It can fill our mind and attention. As a result we have an intimate relationship with the community we support, what happens in the community may have a very significant relationship with how you feel about yourself. M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – P Is For Being Passionate
  18. 18. MVP Open Days 2016 Challenge: Sometimes people don’t appreciate the things you do or we don’t meet expectations. We make mistakes. Lean into this and let it help you improve, but try to be aware when it’s constructive. M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – P Is For Being Passionate
  19. 19. MVP Open Days 2016 When we look at the origin of passion and where it stems from it is represented as "passiō" which means suffering and submission. When we refer to “the passion of Christ” we don’t mean that he was happy, but that he was suffering in a meaningful way. Passion without some challenge may not be passion worth pursuing. Tip 1: Come up with meaningful and attainable goals. M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – P Is For Being Passionate
  20. 20. MVP Open Days 2016 Burnout, in case you are not aware, is actually a lack of emotional attachment to what you are doing. Pace of change can accelerate this as many of us are leaders in the industry. M.V.P. – M Is For Being A Maximizer #CDNMVP M.V.P. – P Is For Being Passionate Tip 2: It’s okay to shift technology focus, or try things outside of Microsoft. This exposure may improve your insight/leadership. Sometimes shifting your perspective is more powerful than being smart.
  21. 21. Agenda • Rewarding But Not Easy… • What Does It Mean To Be A Maximizer? • What Does It Mean To Be Verifier? • What Does It Mean To Be Passionate? • Next Steps #CDNMVP
  22. 22. Agenda • Rewarding But Not Easy… • Maximizers: • Ship It When It’s Good Enough • Share Your Work • Verifiers: • Tackle The Hard Stuff – Share Failure • Grammerly Is Amazing • Passionate Individuals: • Goals Can Help Sustain Passion • It’s Okay To Change (Stay Engaged) • Next Steps #CDNMVP

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