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Tribal SQL by Matt Velic, David Tate, Shaun J Stuart, Wil Sisney, Mark S Rasmussen, Bob Pusateri, Dev Nambi, Colleen Morrow, Stephanie Locke, Chuck Lathrope, Tara Kizer, Kevin Feasel, Diana Dee, John Barnett, Dave Ballantyne

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Communication Isn't Soft

Matt Velic

“No one knows what I do.”

This may be the Number Two complaint of database administrators and data professionals everywhere, the number one being, “I'm the Default Blame Acceptor.” It doesn't feel great having repeatedly to explain what you do, to coworkers and family, or even to your manager. We've all heard stories about the friend who, despite technical chops, is passed over for promotion, or who can't land a new job, or even the friend who has been fired, not because of poor work, but because no one was quite certain what he or she did on a day-to-day basis.

Any one of us could face these dangerous situations if we fail to communicate properly. There are several kinds of communication: written, spoken, ...

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